Final AUM Technical Topic Reports
Congress directed the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to review and prepare a report on abandoned uranium mines in the United States that provided uranium ore for atomic energy defense activities. We recently completed four technical topic reports that provide the foundation for the Abandoned Uranium Mines Report to Congress due to Congress in July 2014. Shortly thereafter, the Report to Congress will be available to the public. The final topic reports include:
- Location and Status Report – general location of defense-related uranium mines and status of efforts to reclaim and remediate these mines
- Cost and Feasibility Report – potential cost and feasibility of mine reclamation or remediation
- Risk Report – extent to which mines have posed or may pose a radiation health hazard to the public, and degradation to water quality and the environment
- Prioritization Report – priority ranking for reclamation or remediation at the mines
Since January 2013, DOE solicited input for the Report to Congress through various forums involving federal, state, and tribal agencies as well as non-governmental organizations and private companies involved with mine reclamation and remediation. In addition, DOE incorporated information from mine reclamation that we performed in Colorado. We also shared drafts of the technical topic reports with other relevant federal agencies, affected states and tribes, and the interested public through webinars and a review process, and incorporated changes to the topic reports based on comments received.
Additional information about the Abandoned Uranium Mines Report to Congress is available on our website at http:/www.lm.doe.gov/aum/. If you have any questions or would like to send us additional information, please e-mail AUM@lm.doe.gov.