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AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2014

COMMENT PERIOD ON
DIV. OF RADIATION CONTROL RULES

Comment Period Ends October 1

The Utah Division of Radiation Control proposes changes in their rules applicable to Uranium Mills and 11e.(2) byproduct material disposal. These regulations will change some of the definitions and incorporate requirements environmental analyses, public comment, and for hearings, with an opportunity for cross-examination and a transcript, into the Utah Administrative Code. The hearing requirement and requirement that the envrionmental analysis be available before the comment period and hearing on a permit action are required by the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (42 U.S.C. § 2021(o)(3)(A)(C) and (D).

Proposed Rule - Page 88. (Vol. 2014, No. 17 (09/01/2014))

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
ABANDONED URANIUM MINE REPORT TO CONGRESS

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released the Abandoned Uranium Mine (AUM) Report to Congress. The Report addresses AUMs associated with the United States atomic weapons program. There are many other AUMs from the production of ore from the early 1900s to the atomic weapons program and after the program. It was not until the late 1970s and early 1980s that federal and state governments required permits, plans of operation, mine reclamation, and reclamation bonds for uranium mines. The DOE also issued Topic Reports. The AUM Report addresses five issues:

1. The location of defense-related abandoned uranium mines on federal, state, tribal, and private lands;
2. The extent of radiation hazards, other public health and safety threats, and
environmental degradation caused, or may have been caused, by the mines;
3. A priority ranking to reclaim and remediate the mines;
4. The potential cost and feasibility of reclamation and remediation in accordance with applicable federal law; and
5. The status of any mine reclamation and remediation efforts.

Additional Information

Defense-Related Uranium Mines: Report to Congress
DOE AUM Website

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URANIUM WATCH CHALLENGES
WHITE MESA MILL ORDER

Uranium Watch has challenged the Div. of Radiation Control (DRC) July 23, 2014, Order regarding the closure of tailings Cell 2. The DRC ordered Energy Fuels Resources Inc. (EFRI) to cease the placement of tailings and other waste in Cell 2. The DRC ordered EFRI to monitor the radon emissions twice a year and demonstrate compliance with the 20 pCi/m2-sec radon emission standard until EFRI recalculates the dose to the nearest member of the public talking into consideration higher radon emissions from Cell 2. Based on the Order, Cell 2 would no longer fall under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standard for uranium tailings impoundments that were constructed before December 1989 (40 C.F.R. Subpart W, § 61.252(a)).

Uranium Watch's August 22, 2014, Request for Agency Action questioned the cessation of radon monitoring for Cell 2 as the impoundment continues to dry out. Uranium Watch questioned DRC's claim that Cell 2 is now in closure, yet there is no approved reclamation plan and no reclamation milestones in the White Mesa license, as required by both EPA and DRC regulation.

Additional Information

DRC White Mesa Mill Order - July 23, 2014
Uranium Watch Request for Agency Action - August 22, 1014

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SHOOTARING CANYON MILL TO BE
SOLD TO ANFIELD RESOURCES INC.

Anfield Resources Inc., a Canadian company, announced its intention to purchase the Shootaring Canyon Mill and uranium claims and mines from Uranium One. The Shootaring Canyon Mill, near Ticaboo, Utah, has not operated since 1982. The license renewal transfer must be approved by the Utah Division of Radiation Control (DRC). Anfield will have to submit a license renewal application for the mill. The DRC has been extending the license expiration date to facilitate sale of the mill. None of the Uranium One mines are permitted to operate. It will take several years before the required licenses and permits, plus construction of a new mill tailings impoundment and mine development, could be accomplished.

Additional Information

Anfield News Release
DRC Shootaring Canyon Mill Webpage
License Extension Approval - April 15, 2014

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PIÑON RIDGE MILL SOLD TO
GEORGE GLASIER

Energy Fuels Resources Inc. announced plans for the sale of the Piñon Ridge Mill, Montrose County, Colorado, to a group of investors led by Baobab Asset Management LLC and George Glasier. Glasier, who headed Energy Fuels from 2006 to 2010, is the President and CEO of Piñon Ridge Mining LLC. Energy Fuels went through the process to license the proposed mill, then purchased the existing White Mesa Mill in southeast Utah. Energy Fuels stated that the mining assets include the Sunday Complex (the only permitted mine), Farmer Girl Project, Van 4 Mine, and Willhunt project in southwest Colorado and the San Rafael Project, Sage Mine, and Yellow Cat Project in Utah.

None of the Utah mines or historic mine locations are permitted for mine deveopment and operation by the Utah Division of Oil, Gas & Mining or the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The mine owners would have to expend a great deal of resources to permit and develop mines at these sites. This process would take several years, since most of the sites are on BLM land.

Additional Information

Energy Fuels News Release
Utah Division of Oil, Gas & Mining Mineral Files:

AUGUST 2014

We All Live Downstream!
Uniting to Stop the Green River Nuclear Power Plant
and Protect the Green and Colorado Rivers!

Update & Community Meeting with Tribal Leaders
from the Colorado River Indian Tribes


MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2014 - 7 PM
Moab Arts and Recreation Center
111 East 100 North

Tribal Council members of the Colorado River Indian Tribes are coming to Moab and Green River from their home along the Colorado River in Parker, Arizona, to share their concerns and learn more about the proposed Green River nuclear power plant that threatens the Green and Colorado Rivers.

Hear updates on the fight against the nuclear power plant, and hear from tribal
leaders about their concerns about the threat to the Green and Colorado Rivers.
Sponsored by Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, Living Rivers, and Uranium Watch.

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EPA TO HOLD HEARING ON
CHANGES TO RADON EMISSION
STANDARDS AT 40 CFR PART 40 SUBPART B

HEARING IN DENVER, COLORADO
SEPTEMBER 3 AND 4

REGISTER BY AUGUST 22

THE EPA will hold a public hearing to allow the public to make oral presentations of data, views or arguments about the proposed revisions to Subpart W. The public hearing will be held September 3 and 4, 2014, at the EPA Region 8 Office, 1595 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO 80202-1129. Sessions will be held both days from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Capacity is limited; advance registration is required to help accommodate those who wish to attend or speak. Register by August 22, 2014.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

EPA SUBPART W WEBPAGE

SEE INFORMATION DIRECTLY BELOW

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EPA PROPOSES RULE TO ELIMINATE
RADON MEASUREMENT OF OLD TAILINGS CELLS
Comment Period Extended to October 29, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed changes to the National Emission Standards for Radon Emissions from Operating Mill Tailings: 40 C.F.R. Part 61, Subpart W. The proposed changes would end the requirement to measure radon emissions from the older tailings impoundments at White Mesa. The radon emissions from Cell 2 exceeded the emission standard of 20 pico Curies per square meter per second (20pCi/m2/-sec). Radon emissions from the tailings impoundment increased due to the dewatering of the impoundment. Energy Fuels Resources Inc. (Energy Fuels), the mine owner, reduced the radon emissions by cleaning up windblown tailings from Cell 3 and addition soil to the interim cover. Under the new regulations, Energy Fuels would not have known of the increase in radon emissions and would not have had to reduce the emissions to meet the standard. Under the proposed rule, Energy Fuels will not have to measure radon on Cell 3, which will also go through a lengthy dewatering process.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND HOW TO SUBMIT COMMENTS

EPA Subpart W Website
EPA Proposed Rule Federal Register Notice - May 2, 2014
EPA Background Information Document - 2014
Proposed Rule before Publication
EPA Fact Sheet
Current Subpart W Regulation - December 1989

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