Source: EIN News, May 2014
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released its Record of Decision for the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS), announcing that it will continue managing the Uranium Leasing Program for another 10 years.
The Department of Energy will manage the program according to its preferred alternative of exploration, reclamation, mine development and operations with final required reclamation at 31 lease tracts for the next 10-year period. The Department’s Office of Legacy Management manages these tracts in Mesa, Montrose, and San Miguel counties in Colorado, which amounts to approximately 25,000 acres leased to private entities for uranium and vanadium mining. There have been three previous leasing periods on the tracts since the program was established in 1948. No mining operations are active on these lands at this time.