Wyoming Cleans Up After Uranium Boom Years (June 15, 2012)

This story was part of an episode of Open Spaces dedicated to the history and management of uranium in Wyoming. My colleague Tristan Ahtone had been reporting extensively about how a pool of uranium waste abandoned near the city of Riverton might be affecting drinking water, and I wondered why these uranium mill tailings were left in the open so close to a residential population.

Uranium Waste Clean-up Feature

“When the Cold War caused a uranium boom in the 1950s, soil and water in the state suffered contamination. Reclamation has improved the landscape, and regulation is catching up with the industry  but it’s not perfect yet. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez reports.”

About gumshuz

I'm a writer and journalist living in Wyoming. Audio is my passion. My reporting has aired on Naitonal Public Radio, Wyoming Public Radio, BBC/PRI, APM and WAMU. My writing has been published in The News Leader, the Daily News-Record and The Star-Ledger. I deal in Americana and the human condition.
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