The Wyoming Senate is working on legislation that would let the state take over permitting of uranium operations in the state.
Senator Chris Rothfuss says the bill will save producers time and money. Currently Uranium operators have to fill out the same permits for the state and federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Rothfuss told the Senate that operators say that is burdensome.
“Indicated that a permit that they filed for took around three years, a little over two million dollars of fees to the NRC to get that completed. The state side of it was around 2-thousand dollars and much less time.”
Industry officials says state regulation will give the industry a shot in the arm. Final debate on the bill is scheduled for Friday.