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Uranium Mill in Converse County (Spook Site)

State: Wyoming
Location: Converse County
Time Period: DOE (Remediation) April – September 1989
Facility Type: Department of Energy

Facility Description: This mill processing uranium and vanadium ore from 1958 to 1963. These milling operations are covered under the auspices of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act and are not separately covered underEEOICPA. However DOE environmental remediation contractors performed remediation under the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (Public Law 95-604) at the Uranium Mill in Converse County, known at the Spook Site, in 1989. DOE and DOE contractor employees who performed this remediation are covered under EEOICPA.

Listing:
Uranium Mill in Converse County (Spook Site) is listed as a Department of Energy (DOE) site under the EEOICPA.

Uranium Mill in Converse County (Spook Site) 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 Spook disposal site is a former uranium-ore upgrading facility in Converse County, Wyoming, about 32 miles north of Glenrock. The site is located on approximately 19 acres comprised of tracts of land surrounded by large, privately owned sheep and cattle ranches.

Wyoming Mining and Milling Company operated the facility from 1962 until 1965 to upgrade uranium ore to a concentrated slurry precipitate before shipment to the Western Nuclear mill at Jeffrey City, Wyoming. The upgrading operations created process-related waste and radioactive mill tailings, a predominantly sandy material. Initially, the mill tailings were placed on the surface at the mill site or into an open-pit mine. The solutions used in the milling process were disposed of on the tailings pile and in an acid pond located 1,500 feet south of the mill.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) encapsulated the contaminated materials in the bottom of an open-pit uranium mine at the mill site in 1989. The State of Wyoming Abandoned Mine Lands Program participated in filling the open pit mine and restoring the surface to its pre-mining condition.

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