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Uranium Mill in Gunnison

State: Colorado
Location: Gunnison County
Time Period: DOE (Remediation) September 1991- December 1995
Facility Type: Department of Energy

Facility Description: This mill processed approximately 540,000 tons of uranium ore between 1958 and 1962. This ore processing is covered under the auspices of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act and is not separately covered under EEOICPA. However, DOE environmental remediation contractors performed environmental remediation under the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (Public Law 95-604) at this former uranium ore processing mill from September 1991 though December 1995. DOE and DOE contractor employees who performed this remediation are covered under EEOICPA.

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

As of 06/07/2015, 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 Gunnison is $188,068.

Uranium Mill in Gunnison 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 Gunnison, Colorado, Processing Site is a former uranium-ore processing site on a 61.5-acre tract of land adjacent to the Gunnison County airport, one-half mile southwest of the city of Gunnison, Colorado. The former mill processed approximately 540,000 tons of uranium ore between 1958 and 1962 and provided uranium for national defense programs. Radioactive mill tailings, a predominantl sandy material, covered approximately 39 acres at the mill site. Uranium-ore processing activities resulted in contaminated groundwater beneath the site. The State of Colorado acquired ownership of the Gunnison processing site in 1990; ownership of the site has since been transferred to Gunnison County.

From 1992 to 1995, tailings and other contaminated materials were removed from the Gunnison processing site and local contaminated vicinity properties. Supplemental standards were applied to thorium-230 that was left in place on the processing site. Contaminated materials that were removed were transported to and stabilized in a disposal cell 6 miles east of Gunnison. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) completed construction of the disposal cell in 1995. The disposal cell occupies 29 acres of a 115-acre site that was transferred from the Bureau of Land Management to DOE.