EEOICPA Old Rifle

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

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Old Uranium Mill in Rifle, Colorado

 

Old Uranium Mill in Rifle locationOld 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. (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 Old Rifle webpage and fact sheet

Contractors

  • United States Vanadium Corporation
  • Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation 
  • Contract Numbers

  • AT-30-1-GEN-171
  • AT(49-1)-301 
  • AT(49-1)-529
  • AT(49-1)-675
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    DOL

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

     

    NIOSH

    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.

     

    Others

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