Uranium Mill in Durango
Durango Uranium Mill is located in La Plata County, Colorado and is covered under EEOICPA as a DOE facility for the operating period from 1948-1953 and the remediation period of 1986-1991. DOE operation workers from 1948-1953 are eligible to file both Part B and Part E claims under EEOICPA. Remediation workers for 1986-1991 are eligible to file Part B and Part E claims. Workers covered by RECA 5 (Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA)) at any Durango Uranium Mill are also eligible to file a Part E EEOICPA claim.
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.
DOE says 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. (credit DOE)
September 1982, History of Domestic Uranium Procurement
under US AEC Contracts, Final Report,
pages A-10 to A-14 extensively describes the work done at the
Durango Uranium Mill.
The September 1982, History of Domestic Uranium Procurement under US AEC Contracts, Final Report, pages A-10 to A-14 extensively describes the work done at the Durango Uranium Mill.
Alternative NamesDurango Processing Site Durango Disposal Site
AEC/DOE Contract Numbers
DEEOIC gives statistics for Part B and Part E payments for the Durango Uranium Mill and has a DOE Site Exposure Matrix for it as well. There is also a Uranium Mill SEM listing for Durango Mill in Colorado.
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.