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.
“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.”