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Uranium Mill in Falls City

State: Texas
Location: Falls City
Time Period: DOE (Remediation) January 1992- June 1994
Facility Type: Department of Energy

Facility Description: This uranium mill was operated from 191 to 1973 and then some processing of the tailings was performed between 1978 and 1982. 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 under the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (Public Law 95-604) at the Uranium Mill in Falls City from January1992 through June 1994. DOE and DOE contractor employees who performed this remediation are covered under EEOICPA.

The Uranium Mill in Falls City is listed as a Department of Energy (DOE) site under the EEOICPA.

Uranium Mill in Falls City 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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*Site Description and History

The Falls City disposal site is the location of a former uranium-ore-processing facility in Karnes County, Texas, approximately 40 miles southeast of San Antonio and approximately 8 miles southwest of Falls City. The mesquite-dominated woodlands and cleared ranchlands surrounding the site are used primarily for agriculture and are sparsely populated.

Susquehana-Western, Inc., constructed the original mill and operated the facility from 1961 to 1973. Uranium extracted from sandstone ore with a sulfuric acid leaching process created approximately 3.1 million tons of radioactive mill tailings, a predominantly sandy material, that were deposited in unlined open-pit uranium mines on the site. Between 1978 and 1982, Solution Engineering, Inc., conducted solution mining to extract uranium from some of the tailings in the pits using a system of injection and recovery wells. Fluid from this leaching process was pumped to a pond in one of the tailings pits. In 1982, the pond fluid was evaporated, and the tailings were covered with soil, which was planted with native grasses.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) remediated the Falls City site and contaminated vicinity properties between 1992 and 1994. Surface remediation consisted of consolidating and encapsulating all contaminated material on site in an engineered disposal cell. The disposal cell occupies 127 acres of a 231-acre tract of land.