MOAB, Utah – EM’s Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action (UMTRA) Project recently reached a safety milestone of 1,000 workdays without a lost-time injury or illness. During that period, employees shipped 1.4 million tons of mill tailings from the Moab Site for disposal. Currently, 140 employees work on the project. “Working one thousand days safely and doubling our waste shipments during that time is nothing less than outstanding. It is an honor to work alongside such a talented, motivated, and inspirational group of people,” Moab Project Federal Cleanup Director Russell McCallister said. Greg Church, the project manager with North Wind Portage, the site’s remedial action contractor, said the milestone is a testament to the project’s safety culture. “A healthy and successful safety program requires employee commitment and contributions from all involved,” Church said. The project has relocated more than 60 percent of the mill tailings pile away from the site. Tailings are shipped by rail four days a week to EM’s permanent disposal cell at the Crescent Junction Site about 30 miles away. Each train carries up to 144 containers. In this photo, equipment operators load tailings into containers. Haul truck drivers then place lids on the containers and rinse them before loading them onto a train.
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