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Uranium Leasing Program

Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Uravan Mineral Belt, Colorado

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.

Program Summary

The Atomic Energy Act and other legislative actions authorized the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), predecessor agency to the DOE, to withdraw lands from the public domain and then lease them to private industry for mineral exploration and for development and mining of uranium and vanadium ore. A total of 25,000 acres of land in southwestern Colorado, northern New Mexico, and southeastern Utah was withdrawn from the public domain during the late 1940s and early 1950s. READ MORE >

Current Status

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.