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Audit Report: IG-0665

October 28, 2004

Restoration of the Monticello Mill Site at Monticello, Utah

Beginning in the 1940's and continuing until the early 1960's, the Department of Energy's predecessor agencies were heavily involved in mining and milling vanadium and uranium in Monticello, Utah, for the weapons complex. Since these operations ceased, the Department's Grand Junction Projects Office has expended about $250 million to remediate and stabilise the Monticello Mill site. One of the final phases of the project was to restore the mill site. The restoration was to include placing a soil barrier to cover hot spots, grading to provide proper surface drainage and re-vegetating to minimize erosion.