Uranium mine north of Grand Canyon to stay open

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- A uranium mining company's plan to stockpile ore at a mine north of the Grand Canyon is raising concerns over radioactive dust being swept across the landscape.

But Energy Fuels Resources Inc. says there's no need to worry because a state permit requires that the dust be monitored and controlled, and it isn't highly radioactive.

The company had planned to place the Pinenut Mine on standby but announced this week that it will instead extract all the ore it can from the site. The ore will be stockpiled nearby because of an earlier decision to temporarily shut down production at a mill in Utah.

Less than a handful of uranium mines have been operating in northern Arizona recently. New mining claims on 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon are banned.

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