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