→ Health and Environmental Protection Standards for Uranium and Thorium Mill Tailings

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing new health and environmental protection standards under the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act of 1978. The standards proposed in this action would be applicable to byproduct materials produced by uranium in-situ recovery and would be implemented by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and NRC Agreement States. The EPA initially proposed new health and environmental protection standards for in-situ recovery facilities on January 26, 2015; however, the EPA has decided to re-propose the rule and seek additional public to comment on changes to the original proposal, including changes in the regulatory framework and approach, based on public comment and new information received from stakeholders. This proposed rule would strengthen the existing regulations for uranium recovery by adopting new standards addressing groundwater hazards specific to in-situ recovery facilities. As with the original proposal, the primary focus of this proposal is groundwater protection, restoration and long-term stability.