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Uranium Mill in Ambrosia Lake

State: New Mexico
Location: Ambrosia Lake
Time Period: DOE (Remediation) July 1987-April 1989 and October 1992- July 1995
Facility Type: Department of Energy

Facility Description: This former mill processed more than 3 million tons of uranium ore between 1958 and 1963. These milling 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 at this location from July 1987 to April 1989 and again from October 1992 to July 1995 under the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (Public Law 95-604). Environmental remediation performed at the site involved the demolition of building, construction of decontamination facilities, and the excavation, consolidation and encapsulation of all contaminated material on site in an engineered disposal cell. DOE and DOE contractor employees who performed this remediation are covered under EEOICPA.

Uranium Mill in Ambrosia Lake is listed as a Department of Energy (DOE) site under the EEOICPA.

As of 05/31/2015, 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 Uranium Mill in Ambrosia Lake is $1,240,855.

BONUS Reactor Plant 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 Ambrosia Lake disposal site is a former uranium-ore-processing facility in McKinley County, approximately 25 miles north of Grants, New Mexico. The site is in the Ambrosia Lake Valley, a broad, elongate valley dominated by desert grassland plant communities and basalt-capped mesas to the north. The site is within the Ambrosia Lake Mining District, near the center of the Grants Mineral Belt. The area surrounding the mill site is sparsely populated.

The former mill processed more than 3 million tons of uranium ore between 1958 and 1963 and provided uranium for U.S. Government national defense programs. Phillips Petroleum Company built the original mill at the Ambrosia Lake site in 1957 to process ore from nearby mines. United Nuclear Corporation purchased and operated the mill for a brief period in 1963, then ceased milling operations but retained ownership of the site. In the late 1970s to early 1980s, United Nuclear Corporation operated an ion exchange system, extracting uranium from mine water. All mill operations ceased in 1982, leaving radioactive mill tailings, a predominantly sandy material, on approximately 111 acres. Wind and water erosion spread some of the tailings across a 230-acre area.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) remediated the Ambrosia Lake site and local contaminated vicinity properties between 1987 and 1995. Surface remediation consisted of consolidating and encapsulating all contaminated material on site in an engineered disposal cell.