EEOICPA Durango Uranium Mill  

DOE, DOL, EPA, NIOSH, SEC, Documents.

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Uranium Mill in Durango

 
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Uranium Mill in Durango

 This is a DOE site from 1948-1953 and October 1986 to May 1991 and workers are eligible to file Part B and Part E claims.

The Uranium Mill in Durango is located a quarter mile southwest of Durango, Colorado.  Between 1942-1946 vanadium ore was processed there and uranium ore was processed from 1949-1963.

The AEC purchased the 147-acre uranium mill site in Durango, Colorado, in 1948 from the Vanadium Corporation of America. The AEC leased the facility back to Vanadium that same year, with an option to purchase the facility in 1953. Between 1948 and 1953, Vanadium operated the mill on behalf of the AEC. The company exercised its purchase option in 1953, and thereafter, the mill was operated as a privately owned facility. The company shut down and dismantled the mill in March 1963.

Additionally, from October 1986 through May 1991, DOE environmental remediation contractors performed environmental remediation, under the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (Public Law 95-604) at this mill. DOE and DOE contractor employees who performed this remediation are covered under EEOICPA.

 

Alternative Names

  • Durango Processing Site
  • Durango Disposal Site  

     

      DOE

    DOE Legacy Management considered the Durango Uranium Mill for FURAP coverage and offers a a general webpage as well as a fact sheet.

    Contractors

  • The Vanadium Corporation of America (1948-1953)
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    DOL

    DEEOIC gives statistics for Part B and Part E for the Durango Uranium Mill and has a Site Exposure Matrix for it as well.

     

    NIOSH

    NIOSH reports the number of dose reconstructions done for Uranium Mill in Durango.  NIOSH does not have technical basis documents for the Uranium Mill in Durango and there is no Special Exposure Cohort.

    Others

  • The Wall Street Journal Waste Lands series provides additional information on Durango Mill Site
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    Documents

  • Radiological survey of the inactive uranium-mill tailings at Durango, Colorado--March 1980
  • Scoping meeting Durango mill tailings--December 1981
  • Evaluation of impacts and mitigation assessments for the UMTRA Project: Gunnison and Durango pilot studies. Final report--1994
  • Remedial Action Plan and site design for stabilization of the inactive uranium mill tailings site at Durango, Colorado: Attachment 6, Supplemental standard for Durango processing site. Revised final report--1991
  • UMTRA project water sampling and analysis plan, Durango, Colorado--1994
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