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EA-1268: Final Environmental Assessment

Ground Water Compliance at the Tuba City Uranium Mill Tailings Site

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected a ground water compliance strategy for the Tuba City Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action (UMTRA) Project site (Tuba City site). This compliance strategy must meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ground water standards defined in Title 40, Part 192 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR 192) entitled “Health and Environmental Protection Standards for Uranium and Thorium Mill Tailings.” Contamination in the ground water consists of residual radioactive material, which is defined in the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act of 1978 (UMTRCA) (42 U.S. Code, Section 4321 et seq.) as “waste in the form of tailings or other material that is present as a result of processing uranium ores at any designated processing site.”