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Uranium Mill and Disposal Cell in Lakeview

State: Oregon
Location: Lakeview
Time Period: DOE (Remediation) 1986-1989
Facility Type: Department of Energy

Facility Description: This mill was only operated for three years and these historical mill 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) at the Lakeview Uranium Mill and Disposal Cell from 1986-1989. DOE and DOE contractor employees who performed this remediation are covered under EEOICPA.

Listing:
Uranium Mill and Disposal Cell in Lakeview is listed as a Department of Energy (DOE) site under the EEOICPA.

Uranium Mill and Disposal Cell in Lakeview 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, whether your claim has been accepted or denied.

We can help with all OWCP (Federal Workers Compensation) claims, impairments, wage loss and health care. 2495 Main Street, Suite 442, Buffalo, NY 14214.

*Site Description and History:
The Lakeview processing site is a former uranium-ore processing facility located approximately 1.5 miles north-northwest of the town of Lakeview in Lake County, Oregon, and 16 miles north of the California–Oregon border. The uranium milling process produced radioactive tailings, a predominantly sandy material. Lakeview Mining Company built the mill in 1958 and operated the facility for 3 years. No uranium ore was processed at the site after 1961. Kermac Nuclear Fuels Corporation owned the mill from 1961 to 1968, when it was purchased by Atlantic Richfield Company. Atlantic Richfield sold the site in 1974. A lumber company purchased the mill site property in 1978 and used some of the former uranium mill buildings and raffinate ponds in its operations.

The uppermost aquifer at the site consists of lake sediments that interfinger with sands and gravels shed from nearby uplands. These sediments are hydraulically connected but partially separated by the layers of clayey lake sediments. In the area of the former processing site and in areas south of the site, groundwater flows southwest at rates ranging from 50 to 160 feet per year. Groundwater from a geothermal artesian source northeast of the site flows southwest beneath the western portion of the site; the geothermal groundwater also feeds springs that surface north of the site.

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