The U.S. Congress directed the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in consultation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of the Interior, to undertake a review of, and prepare a report on, abandoned uranium mines in the United States that provided uranium ore for U.S. atomic energy defense activities. In February 2014, the DOE Office of Legacy Management (LM) updated the public about its progress on the data and technical information developed to inform the Report to Congress on defense-related uranium mines.
When you hear about the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (LM), what comes to mind? Is it long-term surveillance and maintenance (LTS&M) activities such as conducting environmental monitoring, performing annual inspections, or maintaining protective remedies? Is it managing records and making them available to requesters? Is it managing legacy land and assets or emphasizing safety, reuse, and disposition?
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released the Final Uranium Leasing Program Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) to the public. The document can be found on the DOE Office of Legacy Management (LM) website at http://www.lm.doe.gov/default.aspx?id=119, and on the DOE National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) website at www.energy.gov/nepa.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (LM) has made substantial progress researching and consulting with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), other relevant federal agencies, affected states and tribes, and the interested public to obtain data and other technical information that will inform the Report to Congress on defense-related legacy uranium mines.
The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management (LM) continues to work on a report to Congress regarding defense-related legacy uranium mines. LM was directed by the U.S. Congress in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 to undertake a review of, and prepare a report on, abandoned uranium mines in the United States that provided uranium ore for atomic energy defense activities. The report is due to Congress by July 2014.
Community Leaders Institute Held at Savannah State University
A Community Leaders Institute (CLI) was held September 6 and 7, 2013, in the King Frazier Student Center at Savannah State University in Savannah, Georgia. Sponsors included the Medical University of South Carolina, South Carolina State University, Savannah State University, Southeastern Virtual Institute for Health Equity and Wellness, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Defense.
A new groundwater monitoring/validation (MV) well was installed at the Central Nevada Test Area (CNTA) in September 2013. LM proposed this well to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) to enhance the existing monitoring network and to expedite the Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order (FFACO) closure process for the CNTA Subsurface Corrective Action Unit. CNTA is located in Hot Creek Valley in Nye County, Nevada, adjacent to U.S. Highway 6, about 30 miles north of Warm Springs, Nevada.