The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has completed their initial review of the amended cleanup plan (called a “VCUP”) for the old Keystone Mine on Mt. Emmons. The focus of this review was whether the mine is eligible for inclusion in the VCUP program. Their letter to U.S. Energy regarding the amended VCUP application is here, with an important attachment to that letter here.
Because the current application largely mirrors the initial cleanup application U.S. Energy submitted last fall-and we submitted extensive comments on that initial application-our comments on this round of the VCUP review consisted of a statement expressing our ongoing interest in the issue. As per therequest in CDPHE’s letter, we expect U.S. Energy to submit more detailed plans, including technical drawings, a monitoring plan, and a contingency plan in the near future. That is when the intensive review will take place. In fact, if our talks with U.S. Energy proceed positively, our goal is that our experts can work closely with U.S. Energy’s experts in developing those technical, monitoring, and contingency plans, to ensure they fully protect the community and the watershed.