Old Uranium Mill in Rifle
The Old 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.
The Old Rifle site is just east of Rifle, Colorado and encompasses 22 acres. From 1942-1958 it was used to process uranium ore and vanadium ore. After 1958 most of the mine tailings at Old Rifle were reprocessed and moved to New Rifle.
This mill was operated for two periods,
namely 1924 through 1932 and again from 1942 to 1958. During
these both these time periods it processed vanadium ore.
Uranium ore was processed only in the latter period. 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 Old Rifle site. NIOSH currently has done no dose reconstructions for Old Uranium Mill in Rifle.