Residents living in Mason Valley near Yerington, Nevada want to know why no one was warned when water wells near a local copper mine tested positive for uranium
in 1984. According to newly published documents, uranium levels found at the Anaconda Copper Company's mine, which lies 55 miles southeast of Reno, were nearly 40 times the legal limit established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at the time of testing.
Angering residents further is another report that reveals the former owner of Anaconda and Wyoming Mineral Corporation attempted to extract and process uranium from the site in 1976 for profit. Uranium oxide, also known as yellowcake uranium, is the raw material of nuclear reactor fuel.
Environmentalists are demanding that further testing be conducted immediately at the site, which ended copper production in the 1990s, to see if residents are at risk from uranium exposure. Interest groups want the area designated as a Superfund site.
See your doctor if you live in the Mason Valley and you have experienced serious health problems. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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