Uranium-contaminated water found at Cotter Corp. mill in Cañon City

CANON CITY, Colo. - For the second time in five months, Cotter Corp. Uranium Mill officials have discovered a leak of contaminated water, but both spills reportedly have been contained on-site.

On Monday, Cotter told state health department officials a release of more than 500 gallons of water from the barrier system pump-back pipeline. The water spilled was contaminated groundwater recovered by a barrier system and it was being pumped back to the facility.

According to the Pueblo Chieftain, a similar spill occurred in November when between 4,000 and 9,000 gallons of contaminated water seeped from the same pipeline.

The now-defunct mill is in the process of decommissioning and has not been used to process uranium since 2006.

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