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Uranium Mill in Maybell

State: Colorado
Location: Maybell
Time Period: DOE (Remediation) May 1995 – September 1998
Facility Type: Department of Energy

Facility Description: During its 7 years of operations, this uranium mill processed about 2.6 million tons of ore. 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 mill from May 1995 through September 1998. DOE and DOE contractor employees who performed this remediation are covered under EEOICPA.

Seymour Specialty Wire 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 Maybell is $0.

Uranium Mill in Maybell 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 Maybell disposal site is located in Moffat County in northwest Colorado. The small town of Maybell is about 5 miles southwest of the site. The site is also the location of a former uranium mill that processed uranium ore between 1957 and 1964. Trace Elements Corporation established the facility in 1955, and Union Carbide Corporation (now Umetco) assumed control in 1957 and began milling operations using uranium ore from nearby open pit mines. During its 7 years of operations, the mill processed about 2.6 million tons of ore. The milling process produced radioactive tailings, a predominantly sandy material. Umetco dismantled the mill and began stabilizing the tailings pile in 1971; the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) began remedial action at the site in 1995. All contaminated materials, including mill tailings, debris from demolished mill structures, and contaminated materials removed from vicinity properties, were placed in a disposal cell constructed onsite. DOE completed site cleanup and construction of the cell in 1998.

Land at the Maybell disposal site was originally owned by both public and private entities. The portion of the disposal site located on property administered by the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management was permanently withdrawn and transferred to DOE in 1995. The State of Colorado purchased the privately held portion of the disposal site and transferred title to the land to DOE.