WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) announced Dec. 10 that the evidentiary portion of the hearing for the Dewey Burdock Project is now fully closed.

All but one contention were previously closed on earlier this fall and the new order closes the last remaining contention.

The ASLB has now set the Finding of Facts and Conclusions of Law to be submitted by the parties by early January, with Final Post Hearing Briefs to be filed by Jan. 29.

As per the order, these final briefings will summarize and reference the existing hearing record (pre-filed testimony, cross-examination and exhibits) and case law to support the positions taken by the parties.

All contentions now closed on Dewey Burdock's NRC License

The order represents a completion of a major portion of the proceedings. A finalized decision by the ASLB is expected to follow within approximately 90 days following the final briefing.

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Richard Clement, President and CEO of Azarga commented, "The closing of the record is another milestone in the process of receiving full permitting for Dewey Burdock." "The hearing process is proceeding smoothly and should be completed as stated above."

With respect to the project in general, Mr. Clement went on to say, "We are very much focused on obtaining the EPA permits at this time now. Furthermore, we have substantially completed a revised economic assessment for Dewey Burdock, which should demonstrate the project's viability in the current uranium price environment." "I look forward to sharing our progress on these fronts in the first quarter of 2015."

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