TUBA CITY, Ariz. – The U.S. Department of Energy will host a public scoping meeting on April 6 to hear public input on groundwater contamination treatment options for the Tuba City, Arizona, former uranium mill site (Rare Metals former processing site). The meeting will be held at the Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites, 1 Legacy Lane, Tuba City, AZ 86045 from 6:00/7:00 p.m. until 10:00/11:00 p.m. (Arizona Time/Daylight Savings Time).

The open house will start at 6:00 p.m. (Arizona Time) with an opportunity for the public to discuss the groundwater treatment program with DOE representatives. At 7:00 p.m. (Arizona Time) Rich Bush, DOE Tuba City Site Manager, will discuss activities at the Tuba City Disposal Site, address currently identified groundwater compliance options, and explain how the public can provide input and comments about groundwater compliance options at the site.

The Tuba City uranium mill operated between 1956 and 1966. Today, the site is regulated under the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (UMTRCA). Basic groundwater compliance approaches exist under UMTRCA: monitoring, natural flushing, or active remediation. Reevaluations may occur if conditions change or if U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards will not be met. DOE believes, after collecting years of site data, that a reevaluation is warranted.

Hosting this scoping meeting is part of a formal process under the National Environmental Policy Act. “Listening to stakeholders is a key part of this process,” said Bush. “Gathering stakeholder input will help DOE address the future of the site and incorporate stakeholder considerations to the extent possible.”

How can you help?

Stakeholders may submit their comments via mail, email, fax, or telephone.

U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Legacy Management
Tuba City Groundwater Compliance Comments
2597 Legacy Way
Grand Junction, CO 81503

Email: TubaCityComments@lm.doe.gov

(866) 559-8316 (toll-free)
(970) 248-6040 (fax)

More information about the Tuba City site is available on the DOE Office of Legacy Management website at http://www.lm.doe.gov/tuba/Sites.aspx.