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Cotter Corp. Refuses To Clean Up Contaminated Water From Defunct Uranium Mine

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“Cotter Corp. is still refusing to clean up contamination at a defunct uranium mine west of Denver, where a now-contaminated creek flows into a metro-area drinking-water reservoir.

State mining regulators ordered Cotter to drain highly toxic water from the mine. They contend the Schwartzwalder mine is connected through groundwater to Ralston Creek, which flows into Ralston Reservoir. Denver Water and state tests have detected uranium at elevated levels exceeding health standards.

Tests last summer along Ralston Creek indicated uranium concentrations as high as 310 parts per billion, above the 30 ppb standard for drinking water.

Cotter has filed a lawsuit challenging the state order.

Cotter officials could not be reached for comment.

Denver Water officials say they’re relying on existing treatment systems to remove uranium contamination from the creek and reservoir before it reaches homes.”

Read more: Denver Post