S. Rept. 115-247 1 (2018-05-10)

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                                                        Calendar No. 411
                   115TH CONGRESS             S                      REPORT
                     2d Session  J            SENATE1                115-247


                                   MAY 10, 2018.-Ordered to be printed

                     Ms. MURKOWSKJ, from the Committee on Energy and Natural
                                 Resources, submitted the following


                                         [To accompany S. 1059]
                            [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]
                    The Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, to which was
                  referred the bill (S. 1059) to extend the authorization of the Ura-
                  nium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act of 1978 relating to the
                  disposal site in Mesa County, Colorado, having considered the
                  same, reports favorably thereon without amendment and rec-
                  ommends that the bill do pass.
                    This bill amends the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control
                  Act of 1978 to extend through Fiscal Year 2048 the authorization
                  for the Department of Energy (DOE) to operate the Cheney dis-
                  posal cell in Mesa County, Colorado.
                                      BACKGROUND AND NEED
                    Grand Junction, Colorado, is home to a former uranium proc-
                    essing site known as the Climax mill that closed in 1970. The mill
                    operated for 19 years and produced 2.2 million tons of radioactive
                  tailings, the material that remained after most of the uranium
                  metal had been extracted from uranium ore. From 1950 to 1966,
                  mill tailings were available to private citizens to use as construc-
                  tion materials and more than 4,000 private and commercial prop-
                  erties in the Grand Junction area utilized the radioactive tailings
                  (these buildings are referred to as vicinity properties).
                    In 1978, Congress found that uranium mill tailings located at
                  uranium mill sites may pose a potential and significant hazard to

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