EEOICPA New Rifle

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

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New Uranium Mill in Rifle, Colorado

 
New Uranium Mill in Rifle location

New Rifle

The New Rifle Uranium Mill Site is located in Garfield County, Colorado and is covered under EEOICPA as a DOE facility for the remediation period of 1988-1989 and 1992-1996. Remediation workers  for these years are eligible to file Part B and Part E claims.  Workers covered by RECA 5 (Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA)) at Rifle Uranium Mill are also eligible to file a Part E EEOICPA claim.

New Rifle is west of Rifle, Colorado and encompass about 33 acres.  The New Rifle mill operated from 1958-1973 and recovered uranium and vanadium ore.

From 1958 to 1973, the mill produced uranium and vanadium concentrates and from 1973 to 1984 part of the mill was used to produce vanadium concentrate. These milling operations are covered under the auspices of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act and are not separately covered under EEOICPA. However, DOE environmental remediation contractors performed remediation under the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (Public Law 95-604) of hazardous materials such as asbestos, industrial chemicals, and other materials at the site from September 1988 through September 1989 and then performed remediation of all contaminated mill tailings at the site from April 1992 through October 1996. DOE and DOE contractor employees who performed this remediation are covered under EEOICPA. (Credit-DOE)

The September 1982, History of Domestic Uranium Procurement under US AEC Contracts, Final Report, pages A-29 to A-37 extensively describes the work done at the Rifle Uranium Mills.

 

DOE

DOE Legacy Management has an New Rifle webpage as well as a fact sheet

Contractors

  • Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation 
  • Contract Numbers

  • AT(49-1)-795
  • AT(49-1)-675
  • DOL

    DEEOIC has claim statistics as well as a Site Exposure Matrix for the Uranium Mill in New Rifle.

     

    NIOSH

    NIOSH does not currently have any technical basis documents for the New Rifle site. NIOSH has statistics for New Uranium Mill in Rifle.

     

    Others

  • The Wall Street Journal Waste Lands series has information on the Rifle Mill Site.
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    New Rifle Documents

  • Process and Waste Characteristics at Selected Uranium Mills
  • A Summary of the Phase II Title 1 Engineering Assessment of Inactive Uranium Mill Tailings New and Old Rifle Sites, Rifle Colorado
  • Routine and Proposed Actions at the New and Old Rifle, Colorado, Former Processing Sites and at the Rifle, Colorado, Disposal Site LM 22-11
  • Work plan for preliminary investigation of organic constituents in ground water at the New Rifle site, Rifle, Colorado. Revision 2
  • Radiological survey of the inactive uranium-mill tailings at Rifle, Colorado
  • Private well/spring position paper, Rifle, Colorado, sites
  • 2015-NRC Observational Site Visit at the Rifle Disposal Site
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