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(last updated 9 Jan 2013)

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Mines

Uranium mines - USA
LocationTypeTotal Production
[t U]
Status
Mission impossible!
In 1958 alone, 850 underground mines and 200 open pit mines were producing uranium. (FGR08 , 1967)
Arizona
Navajo Indian Reservation abandoned mines [ISSUES]
Colorado
Sunday standby
Pitch (Homestake Mining)OP830
New Mexico [ISSUES]
Jackpile Paguate (Anaconda Minerals)OP, UG28,808 partly reclaimed [ISSUES]
Mt. Taylor (Rio Grande Resources)UG3080 standby [ISSUES]
St Anthony (United Nuclear)OP568 [ISSUES]
Northeast Church Rock (United Nuclear) [ISSUES]
Section 27 (United Nuclear) [ISSUES]
North Dakota
BelfieldOP abandoned [ISSUES]
Oregon
White KingOP Superfund site [ISSUES]
Lucky LassOP Superfund site [ISSUES]
Texas
Conquista (Conoco)OP2875
Felder (Exxon Minerals)OP982 remediation complete
Jack Pump (Rio Grande Resources)OP
Panna Maria (Rio Grande Resources)OP1868 remediation complete
Rhode Ranch (Rio Grande Resources)OP3036 reclaimed
Utah
San Rafael Swell 140 abandoned mines [ISSUES]
Washington
Midnite (Dawn Mining)OP3846 inactive [ISSUES]
Sherwood (Western Nuclear)OP2300 remediation complete [ISSUES]
Wyoming
Bear Creek (Rocky Mountain Energy)OP2615 remediation complete
Big Eagle (U.S. Energy)OP, UG1064 no remediation
Crooks Gap (U.S. Energy)OP8000 [ISSUES]
Day Loma (Energy Fuels Nuclear)OP575
East Gas Hills (Umetco Minerals)OP, HL6836
Gas Hills (Federal-American Partners)OP563 remediation complete
Highland (Exxon Minerals)OP9297 remediation complete
Lucky Mc (Pathfinder Mines)OP16,923
Powder River Basin (Kerr McGee Nuclear)OP384 remediation complete
Shirley Basin (Pathfinder Mines)OP9463
Shirley Basin (Petrotomics)OP9075 remediation in progress
Sweetwater (Minerals Exploration)OP497
TOTAL 350,498** 
Type: UG = underground, OP = open pit, HL = heap leaching
** as of end 1998, includes production from ISL facilities
Source: NEA 2002; ...


Waste Rock

Uranium waste rock deposits - USA
LocationNo. of HeapsArea
ha
Contents
106 t
Status
?????
TOTAL 
Sources:


Heap Leaching Waste

Uranium heap leaching waste deposits - USA
LocationNo. of HeapsArea
ha
Contents
106 t
Status
Colorado
Durita (Hecla Mining)650.54 remediation ongoing [DETAILS: CDPHE ] [ISSUES]
Maybell (Umetco)24 remediation ongoing [DETAILS: CDPHE ]
New Mexico
Ambrosia Lake  0.02
Wyoming
Day Loma    remediated [ISSUES]
East Gas Hills (Umetco) 231.64 remediation in action [ISSUES]
TOTAL 
Sources:


Mill Tailings

Uranium Mill Tailings Deposits - USA
LocationArea
ha
Contents
106 t
Status
Arizona
Monument Valley121.3* relocated, groundwater cleanup planned [ISSUES]
Tuba City132* reclaimed, groundwater cleanup planned [ISSUES]
Colorado
Cañon City (Cotter)662 shut down [ISSUES]
Durango63.1* relocated [ISSUES]
Grand Junction244.2* relocated [ISSUES]
Gunnison131* relocated [ISSUES]
Maybell323.9* reclaimed [ISSUES]
Naturita90.7* relocate [ISSUES]
New Rifle133.4* relocated [ISSUES]
Old Rifle40.4* relocated
Slick Rock100.8* relocated [ISSUES]
Uravan (Umetco Minerals)349.5 reclaimed [DETAILS: CDPHE ] [ISSUES]
Idaho
Lowman40.15* reclaimed [ISSUES]
New Mexico
Ambrosia Lake423.3* reclaimed [ISSUES]
Ambrosia Lake (Quivira Mining)13130.1 fenced [ISSUES]
Bluewater (ARCO )19921.7 reclaimed [ISSUES]
Church Rock (United Nuclear)403.2 reclaimed [ISSUES]
Grants (Homestake Mining )8620.2 unstabilized [ISSUES]
L-Bar (Sohio Western Mining)461.9 remediation complete [ISSUES]
Marquez (Bokum Resources)00 never operated
Shiprock293.4* reclaimed, groundwater cleanup planned [ISSUES]
North Dakota
Belfield0.2* abandoned [ISSUES]
Bowman abandoned [ISSUES]
Oregon
Lakeview121.2* relocated [ISSUES]
Pennsylvania
Canonsburg0.32* reclaimed
South Dakota
Edgemont (Tennessee Valley Authority )501.8 stabilized [ISSUES]
Texas
Falls City616.7* reclaimed [ISSUES]
Conquista / Falls City (Continental Oil / Pioneer Nuclear)8910.5 stabilized
Panna Maria (Rio Grande Resources)1015.9 stabilized
Ray Point - Felder Facility (Exxon )180.41 stabilized
Utah
Green River3.60.46* reclaimed [ISSUES]
Lisbon (Rio Algom)143.5 remediation complete [ISSUES]
Mexican Hat283.1* reclaimed [ISSUES]
Moab (Atlas)> 809.6 relocation ongoing [ISSUES]
Monticello [ISSUES]
Salt Lake City403.3* relocated [ISSUES]
Shootaring (Plateau Resources)280 never operated [ISSUES]
White Canyon 0.024 inundated by Lake Powell [ISSUES]
White Mesa (IUC)1353.4 partially stabilized, operating [ISSUES]
Washington
Ford (Dawn Mining)532.8 wood chip covering [ISSUES]
Sherwood (Western Nuclear)172.6 reclaimed [ISSUES]
Wyoming
Bear Creek (Rocky Mountain Energy)614.3 remediation complete [ISSUES]
Gas Hills (American Nuclear)475.4 unstabilized [ISSUES]
East Gas Hills (Umetco)587.3 remediation in action [ISSUES]
Highland (Exxon )11610.3 remediation complete [ISSUES]
Gas Hills North (ex Lucky Mc) (Pathfinder)9910.6 remediation complete [ISSUES]
Riverton292.2* relocated [ISSUES]
Shirley Basin (Pathfinder)1057.4 reclamation ongoing [ISSUES]
Shirley Basin (Petrotomics)656.3 reclaimed [ISSUES]
Split Rock (Western Nuclear)677.0 interim stabilization [ISSUES]
Spook20.38* reclaimed [ISSUES]
Sweetwater (GMMV)1212.1 partially stabilized [ISSUES]
TOTAL> 2312235 
* calculated from volume using density of 1.6
t = metric tonne
Sources: DE91005801 (1989); ICEM95 p.1601; BEMR96 ; IDB97 Table 52 ; EIA-0592 (1995)

> See also: Uranium Mill Tailings Management - USA


In Situ Leach Facilities

Uranium In Situ Leach Facilities - USA
LocationSurface Area
ha
Contam. Groundwater Volume
106 m3
Total Production
[t U]
Status
Nebraska
Crow Butte (Cameco)23 operating [ISSUES]
New Mexico
Crownpoint (HRI) operating [ISSUES]
Hosta Butte (NZU) [ISSUES]
Texas
Alta Mesa (URI) never operated [ISSUES]
Benavides (URI)34
Boots/Brown (USX) released for unrestricted use [ISSUES]
Bruni (Cogema Mining Inc.)16 [ISSUES]
Burns/Moser (USX)81 released for unrestricted use [ISSUES]
Clay West (USX) released for unrestricted use [ISSUES]
Hobson (Everest Exploration) inactive [ISSUES]
Holiday - El Mesquite (Cogema Mining Inc.)68 restoration ongoing [ISSUES]
Kingsville Dome (URI)11 decommissioning [ISSUES]
Lamprecht (Cima Energy) [ISSUES]
Las Palmas (Everest Exploration)21
Mt Lucas (Everest Exploration)14 inactive [ISSUES]
O'Hern (Cogema Mining Inc.) inactive [ISSUES]
Palangana (Rio Grande Resources)120 released for unrestricted use [ISSUES]
Pawnee (Cima Energy) released for unrestricted use [ISSUES]
Rosita (URI)13 standby [ISSUES]
Tex-1 (Everest Exploration)11 inactive [ISSUES]
Vasquez (URI) operating [ISSUES]
West Cole (Cogema Mining Inc.)19 inactive [ISSUES]
Zamzow (Cima Energy) [ISSUES]
Wyoming
Willow Creek (ex Christensen Ranch) (Uranium One)76 operating [ISSUES]
Willow Creek (ex Irigaray) (Uranium One) operating
Highland (Power Res.)85 operating [ISSUES]
North Butte/Ruth (Power Res.)33 stand by [ISSUES]
Reno Ranch
Shirley Basin
Smith Ranch (Rio Algom) operating [ISSUES]
TOTAL 
Sources: ...; BUMINES OFR 90-82; EIA-0592 (1995); UIA98

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