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) has been developing the Abandoned Uranium Mines Report to Congress. It is due to Congress in July 2014 and we will make it available to the public shortly thereafter. The Report to Congress will summarize data and information taken from four technical topic reports we recently completed. The topic reports describe and analyze:
- the location and status of defense-related uranium mines on federal, state, tribal, and private lands;
- the extent to which these mines pose a significant radiation hazard or other public health and safety threat, and cause, or have caused environmental degradation;
- the potential cost and feasibility of reclamation and remediation in accordance with federal law; and
- a priority ranking for reclamation and remediation efforts.
LM used existing information on abandoned uranium mines, including shared databases from federal, state, and tribal agencies to develop the topic reports. We also took into account cleanup standards and costs of reclamation and remediation efforts performed by other agencies and the private sector.
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)