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*Actual/Planned Obligations reflect the use of unobligated prior year balances.
Question: Specifically, how does the Department plan to use the large increase requested in the Uranium mill tailings program? Provide a list of sites with allocated funding in FY 84, 85, 86 and 87.
Answer: Early in FY 1985, a review of the Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action (UMTRA) Project cost and schedule projections indicated a low probability of completing remedial action by March 1990 (when current authorization expires), and that the 1990 date could not be met cost-effectively.
To complete the UMTRA Project within the currently authorized 7-year period, appropriations of approximately $180M would be required for FY 1987, $250M for FY 1988, and $200M for FY 1989. These amounts would be disproportionately high in tight budget times and would cut too deeply into funds available for R&D. Thus, our requested funds are less than previously projected.
The increases in costs are based on actual project experience with both processing sites and vicinity properties. They reflect higher than anticipated costs in meeting the requirements of the EPA standards-- particularly in satisfying ground water requirements--and the need to relocate tailings to new disposal sites.
In consideration of the high annual funding requirements and the large number of sites and vicinity properties which would have to be under construction simultaneously during these peak years, the Department is proposing legislation to extend the authorization period to the end of FY 1993.
In the report accompanying the FY 1986 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, specific guidance was provided to assure remedial actions were carried out as planned at Salt Lake City, Shiprock, Canonsburg, and Lakeview. In a colloquy on the floor between Senator Hatfield and Senator Simpson, the intent of Congress to maintain planned schedules at Riverton was affirmed.
Specific accomplishments planned for FY 1987 include:
Canonsbur!, Pennsylvania: Continue site surveillance and maintenance.
Shiprock, New Mexico: Complete remedial action. Initiate surveillance and maintenance.
Salt Lake City, Utah: Complete processing site remedial action and vicinity property remedial action. Initiate surveillance and maintenance.
Durango, Colorado: Complete 25 percent of processing site remedial action and 70 percent of vicinity property remedial action.
Gunnison, Colorado: Complete design engineering and initiate processing site remedial action.
Grand Junction, Colorado: Initiate and complete 5 percent of processing site remedial action. Initiate remedial action at approximately 800 vicinity properties.
Rifle, Colorado: Complete the Remedial Action Plan, conceptual design, environmental documentation, and design engineering. Initiate vicinity properties engineering.
Riverton, Wyoming: Complete design engineering and initiate processing site remedial action.
Tuba City, Arizona: Complete vicinity property remedial action and 20 percent of processing site remedial action.
Ambrosia Lake, New Mexico; Mexican Hat, Utah: processing site remedial action.
Lakeview, Oregon: Complete 85 percent of processing site remedial action and complete work on 6 vicinity properties.
Naturita, Colorado; Falls City, Texas; Green River, Utah; Slick Rock, Colorado; Belfield/Bowman, North Dakota; Maybell, Colorado; Complete the Remedial Action Plan, conceptual design, and environmental documentation. Initiate design engineering.
Lowman, Idaho; Spook, Wyoming: Continue work on environmental documentation and initiate design engineering.
Complete the survey of 3,450 vicinity properties, thus completing this work at all sites except Grand Junction, Co.
A list of sites with allocated funding for the requested fiscal years follows:
*Processing site on tribal lands owned by the Navajo Nation.
**Vicinity property remedial action only.
L:Low; M: Medium; H:High
Question: Please provide a list of activities to be funded in the FUSRAP program in FY 85, FY 86, and FY 87.
Angwer: The attached Table 1 provides a list of activities and funding for FUSRAP.
o Complete bus yard and ball field
1.8* cleanup; start stabilization of onsite buried waste; provide surveillance
properties and 50% of Sheffield
lance and maintenance
Pompton River; complete characteriza-
o Complete cleanup of all designated 3.2**
vicinity properties; start Ballod
surveillance and maintenance
storage site, Lodi commercial and
residential and Route 17 properties;