Forest Service Seeks Comment on Uranium Mine Cleanup

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Forest Service Seeks Comment on Uranium Mine Cleanup

Staff Report
The Forest Service is asking for public review and comment on the proposed action for an environmental cleanup plan for abandoned uranium mines on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF). The cleanup will be done under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).
The two sites on the SFNF targeted for cleanup are the Box Canyon Mine on the Coyote Ranger District located 10 miles west of Abiquiu in Rio Arriba County and the High Peak Mine on the Pecos Ranger District north of the Village of Pecos in San Miguel County.
The Forest Service prepared an Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) to identify and evaluate cleanup alternatives to address the mine features associated with past uranium mining activities from the 1950s, including waste rock piles which may pose a risk to visitors. The recommended cleanup alternative for the waste rock 
calls for construction of a 0.4-acre onsite consolidation cell for Box Canyon Mine and a 0.1-acre engineered cap to cover waste rock at High Peak Mine.

The draft proposed action is available to view online HERE

Public input and comments will be accepted until close of business on April 3, 2017. Following the comment period, the Forest Service Southwestern Regional Office will consider public input in selecting the final cleanup alternative. The selected alternative will be documented in a Removal Action Approval Memorandum. The public is encouraged to comment on the proposed action as well as the other alternatives presented in the EE/CA, or to suggest other alternatives.

To submit comments, request additional information, ask questions or request a CD of the EE/CA, contact: Steven McDonald, On-Scene Coordinator USDA Forest Service, Southwestern Region 333 Broadway Blvd, SW Albuquerque, NM 87102 505-842-3838 smcdonald@fs.fed.us