- To examine the proposed rule and how it impacts states, federal agencies, and the in-situ recovery industry.
- To examine how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can best move forward with the rule, including ways it can work with impacted groups.
- On January 26, 2015, EPA issued a proposed rule entitled “Health and Environmental Protection Standards for Uranium and Thorium Mill Tailings,” which sets new groundwater protection standards for in-situ uranium recovery operations.
- In-situ recovery is an extraction process where liquid uranium-containing solution is pumped from underground, thus avoiding the need for surface or underground mining.
- State, industry, and other federal agencies are critical of the rule, which EPA plans to finalize by the end of the year.
Witnesses and testimonies
|Mr. Jonathan Edwards||Director - Radiation Protection Division||U.S. Environmental Protection Agency|
|Mr. Charles Maguire||Director of Radioactive Materials||Texas Commission on Environmental Quality|
|Mr. John Cash||Vice President of Regulatory Affairs||Ur-Energy|
|Mr. Geoffrey Fettus||Senior Attorney||Natural Resources Defense Council|