Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Uravan Mineral Belt, Colorado
LM currently manages the Uranium Leasing Program and continues to administer 31 lease tracts, all located within the Uravan Mineral Belt in southwestern Colorado. Twenty-nine of these lease tracts are actively held under lease and two tracts have been placed in inactive status indefinitely. Administrative duties include ongoing monitoring and oversight of leaseholders’ activities and annual inspections to identify and correct safety hazards or environmental compliance issues.
- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued its Record of Decision for the Uranium Leasing Program on May 6, 2014, announcing that it will continue managing the Uranium Leasing Program for another 10 years.
The Department will implement the Record of Decision only after the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado has dissolved the injunction issued on October 18, 2011, which froze lease activities at 31 tracts until this evaluation process was completed. The Department will evaluate the lease tracts on a case-by-case basis, and the leases will be modified as needed in the implementation of this decision.
- Final Uranium Leasing Program Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS)
- Uranium Leasing Program Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Information Center
- U.S. District Court's Order of October 18, 2011, in Colorado Environmental Coalition v. Office of Legacy Management, Civil Action No. 08-cv-01624 (D. Colo.). The Court has issued the injunctive relief described on pages 51-52 of the Order.
- U.S. District Court's Order of February 27, 2012, in Colorado Environmental Coalition v. Office of Legacy Management, Civil Action No. 08-cv-01624 (D. Colo.).
- Uranium Lease Tracts Location Map