Abandoned Uranium Mines Report to Congress
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, signed into law on January 2, 2013, mandates the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to prepare a report on abandoned uranium mines (AUM). Specifically, Section 3151 of the Act states that “The Secretary of Energy, in consultation with the Secretary of the Interior and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, shall undertake a review of, and prepare a report on, abandoned uranium mines in the United States that provided uranium ore for atomic energy defense activities of the United States.” The Act also requires consultation with other relevant federal agencies, affected states and tribes, and the interested public.
The DOE Office of Legacy Management (LM) is responsible for developing the Abandoned Uranium Mines Report to Congress. The report is due to Congress no later than July 2014. The report will describe and analyze:
- the location of abandoned uranium mines on federal, state, tribal, and private lands;
- the extent to which abandoned uranium mines pose a significant radiation hazard or other public health and safety threat, and cause, or have caused, water or other environmental degradation;
- a priority ranking for the reclamation and remediation of abandoned uranium mines;
- the potential cost and feasibility of reclamation and remediation in accordance with federal law; and
- the status of any efforts to remediate and reclaim abandoned uranium mines.
In preparing the report, LM plans to use existing information on abandoned uranium mines, including shared databases from federal, state, and tribal agencies. Cleanup standards and costs of reclamation and remediation efforts performed by other agencies and the private sector also will be taken into account.
To submit information, questions, and comments, please contact:
Legacy Management Support Public Affairs
U.S. Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management
2597 Legacy Way, Grand Junction, CO 81503
(866) 559-8316 (toll-free)