Observing the remedial and ecological changes from atop the Fernald Preserve On-Site Disposal Facility (from left to right) Yvonne Deyo (Navarro), Jonathan Graebener (U.S. Army Interagency Fellow), Tania Smith Taylor (DOE LM),
The small town of Rifle, Colorado, has an interesting history related to uranium and vanadium production. A mineral found near Rifle, called roscolite, contains both vanadium and uranium but was originally mined and milled for its vanadium content. Union Carbide Corporation began milling the ore in 1924 at what is now referred to as the Old Rifle mill site.
A working committee of local historic preservation specialists held their monthly meeting at the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management (LM) Grand Junction, Colorado, Office on February 2, 2016. The group also participated in a private tour of the site’s historic log cabin. The committee consists of representatives from the City of Grand Junction, Mesa County, and the Museums of Western Colorado.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) are working with a local land trust organization to acquire conservation easements within the Paddys Run watershed. Funds for this effort are provided from a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) natural-resource damage settlement. DOE and Ohio EPA settled their claim in November 2008. As part of the settlement, DOE paid $13.75 million to compensate for natural resource injury.
The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management (LM) continued to see an increase in requests for records over the past year.
LM received 1,841 stakeholder requests during fiscal year (FY) 2015. Requests included information regarding the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Privacy Act, Energy Employee’s Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) claims, and other routine records files. Records request volumes for FY 2015 and FY 2014 were higher than the volume of requests in preceding years.