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Site: Project Rio Blanco (CO.0-09)

Eliminated from consideration under FUSRAP

Designated Name:Not Designated 
Alternate Name: None

Location: ~ 52 miles north of Grand Junction, Co. , Rio Blanco County , Colorado  CO.0-09-1
Evaluation Year: 1985 CO.0-09-1
Site Operations: The project was a cooperative research effort undertaken in 1973 between CER Geonuclear Corp, Continental Oil Co (Conoco), and the US Energy Research and Development Administration Nevada Operations Office (ERDA/NV) to assess the commercial feasibility of using nuclear explosives to recover natural gas from low permeability formations in the Rocky Mountains.  CO.0-09-1
Site Disposition: Eliminated - Radiation levels below criteria  CO.0-09-1
Radioactive Materials Handled: Yes  
Primary Radioactive Materials Handled: None; One Underground Detonation on May 17, 1973  CO.0-09-1
Radiological Survey(s): Yes - long term and short term hydrologic, gas and water monitoring  CO.0-09-1
Site Status: Eliminated from consideration under FUSRAP 

Also see Rio Blanco, Colorado, Site

Documents Related to Project Rio Blanco
  1. CO.0-09-1 - Memorandum/Checklist; Jones to the File; Subject: Elimination Report - Project Rio Blanco; October 15, 1985. Attachment: Project Rio Blanco Radiological Summary; Circa 1985.
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