State: New Mexico
Time Period: 1952-1954
Facility Type: Department of Energy
Facility Description: The ore buying station at Shiprock purchased uranium ore for the AEC. American Smelting and Refining Company managed and operated the Shiprock station from July 1952 to January 1954.
Contractors: American Smelting and Refining Company (1952-1954).
*The history of domestic uranium procurement under U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) contracts identifies a number of ore buying stations (sampling and storage sites) that were operated during the period late-1949 through the mid-1960s. During this period the AEC established ore-buying stations in new uranium producing areas where it appeared that ore production would be sufficient to support a uranium milling operation. The ideal scenario was to accumulate a sufficient stockpile of ore and construct a mill on the site. Under this scenario the AEC would then withdraw and sell the stockpile of ore to the mill operator for processing. Clean up of the area occupied by the ore-buying station was accomplished along with the cleanup of the mill site. For ore-buying stations that were not included as a part of a mill, the property was cleared, tract leases were terminated and the property was returned to its owners. Cleanup of ore-buying stations on or in the vicinity of mill tailings sites subject to the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act of 1978 was accomplished, as necessary, under the DOE Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Program.
Ore Buying Station at Shiprock is listed as a Department of Energy (DOE) site under the EEOICPA.
As of 05/03/2015, the total compensation paid under Parts B and E of the EEOICPA, including medical compensation, for workers suffering from the effects of having worked at the Ore Buying Station at Shiprock is $900.
Ore Buying Station at Shiprock Workers:
If you or your parent worked at this or any other DOE or AWE facility and became ill, you may be entitled to compensation of up to $400K plus medical benefits from the US Department of Labor. Call EEOICPA Counsel Hugh Stephens at 1-855-EEOICPA (336-4272) or fill out the form to the right, even if your claim has been accepted or denied.
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