In an emailed statement to the Advance-Guard, UEC spokesman Matt Welch wrote, "UEC is pleased the EPA has reaffirmed its earlier decision to uphold the granting of the Company’s existing Aquifer Exemption. EPA stated that the exemption for the northwestern portion of the project, which contains less than 10% of the uranium resource, is temporarily being withdrawn, but not excluded from the AE, until additional information is provided for that segment of the project area in the planned and normal course of mine development."
Houston attorney Jim Blackburn, who filed a lawsuit in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals objecting to the EPA's 2012 aquifer exemption, applauded the decision.
"I consider this decision to be a major victory for the citizens of Goliad County," Blackburn said. "This restriction of the aquifer exemption area would not have occurred without the lawsuit having been filed at the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. It's not over by any means but we continue to make this facility safer."
UEC closed its Goliad office Tuesday after the announcement.
"With regard to our operations in Goliad, the company’s Goliad office has been relocated to the worksite in preparation for the planned development of the project," Welch wrote.
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