By Dan Shapley
Uranium mining in the West has seen its fortunes come and go. The Cold War nuclear arms race, and subsequent development of nuclear power plants led to a boom, followed by a long bust, as concerns about weapons proliferation, radiation and the virtually limitless lifespan of nuclear waste led America to turn away from new nuclear development. Now, with a resurgence in nuclear power on the horizon -- at least in many politicians' energy scopes -- the price of uranium has jumped 13 fold in five years, leading to a new boom in mining Western reserves. But the unsavory legacy of past booms has many on their toes, as they strive to hold the industry -- and government regulators -- to higher standards that preserve the environment and the quality of life in that region, according to a story in the June 19 Christian Science Monitor.