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Uranium Mill in Tuba City

State: Arizona
Location: Monument Valley
Time Period: DOE (Remediation) January 1985 –February 1986; January 1988 – April 1990
Facility Type: Department of Energy

Facility Description: During its 10 years of operations, this mill processed about 800,000 tons of uranium 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 ore processing mill from January 1985 –February 1986 and again from January 1988 – April 1990. DOE and DOE contractor employees who performed this remediation are covered under EEOICPA.

Uranium Mill in Tuba City is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) site and 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 Tuba City is $0.

Uranium Mill in Tuba 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, 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.

Uranium ore was processed near Tuba City, Arizona, between 1956 and 1966. The milling operations created process-related waste and tailings, a sandlike waste product containing radioactive materials and other contaminants. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) encapsulated the tailings in an engineered disposal cell in 1990.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission included the Tuba City Disposal Cell under general license in 1996. DOE is responsible, under the general license, for the long-term custody, monitoring, and maintenance of the site. The DOE Long-Term Surveillance and Maintenance (LTSM) Program at the DOE Grand Junction (Colorado) Office is responsible for the long-term safety and integrity of the disposal site. Because the site is on Navajo Nation land, the Navajo Nation retains title to the land and the tailings.

In 1988, DOE established the LTSM Program to provide stewardship of disposal cells that contain low-level radioactive material after completion of environmental restoration activities. The mission of the LTSM Program is to ensure that the disposal cells continue to prevent release of contaminated materials to the environment. These materials will remain potentially hazardous for thousands of years. As long as the cells function as designed, risks to human health and the environment are negligible.

The LTSM Program maintains the safety and integrity of the disposal cells through periodic monitoring, inspections, and maintenance; serves as a point of contact for stakeholders; and maintains an information repository at the DOE Grand Junction Office for sites administered by the LTSM Program.