In August, the DOE Office of Legacy Management (LM) released its Defense-Related Uranium Mines FY 2017 Annual Report. The report provides a summary of LM’s activities during its first year of the Program. Achievements included formation of interagency partnerships, implementation of field inventory and environmental sampling projects at defense-related uranium mines (DRUM) in western Colorado and eastern Utah, and development of risk scoring assessments to determine physical hazards—as well as potential chemical and radiological risks—posed by the mines.
The DRUM Program is a partnership between DOE, federal land management agencies, and state abandoned mine lands programs to verify and validate the condition of 2,500 mines on federal public land by 2022. These mines produced uranium ore purchased by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission between 1947 and 1970 for defense-related purposes of the United States, and most are now abandoned. The report can be viewed at https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2018/08/f55/2017_DRUM_Annual_Report_0.pdf