EPA will propose new ground water standards at facilities that extract uranium using the in-situ recovery (ISR) process.

EPA will propose new ground water standards at facilities that extract uranium using the in-situ recovery (ISR) process.
 
On December 31, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Administrator, Gina McCarthy, signed a proposed rule to strengthen the “Health and Environmental Protection Standards for Uranium and Thorium Mill Tailings,” (40 Code of Federal Regulations Part 192 or 40 CFR 192) by adding new ground water protection standards for in-situ recovery (ISR) of uranium. The proposed standards apply to byproduct materials produced by uranium ISR, which has overtaken conventional mining and milling as the dominant form of uranium recovery in the United States. The standards proposed would be implemented by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, once finalized.
 
Attached are a pre-publication version of the proposed rule and a fact sheet summarizing the proposal. The proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register, which will start a 90-day public comment period. We look forward to receiving your input.
 
If you have questions, please feel free to contact Ingrid Rosencrantz at rosencrantz.ingrid@epa.gov or by phone at 202-343-9286.
 
·         Proposal
 
·         Fact Sheet