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State could fine owners of closed Colorado uranium mine

DENVER (AP) – The owners of a closed uranium mine near Golden have been ordered by the state health department to stop discharging polluted water into Ralston Creek.

State officials say they’re concerned about rising uranium levels and radioactive contaminants in sediment.

Department spokesman Mark Salley said Thursday the company could face fines of $10,000 a day for the violations.

The company didn’t immediately return phone calls seeking reaction.

Cotter Corp.’s Schwartzwalder mine is on Ralston Creek above Denver Water’s Ralston Reservoir in Jefferson County. The reservoir supplies driking water to Denver Water, the city of Arvada and the North Table Mountain Water and Sanitation District. The state has found high levels of uranium in nearby groundwater.

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