San Juan County, Utah
Energy Fuels Resources (USA) Inc.
225 Union Blvd. Suite 600
Lakewood, Colorado, 80228
The Daneros Mine Project is an underground uranium mine in Bullseye Canyon, off of Hwy. 95 in western San Juan County. It is made up of 65 mining claims on Bureau of Land Management land.
◊ Mine Safety and Health Administration
MSHA Mine ID No. 4202525
◊ Division of Oil, Gas and Mining
Mine ID No. S0370121 (Small Mining Operation)
Mine ID No. M0370126 (Proposed Large Mining Operation)
◊ Access to Daneros Mine Government Records
• MSHA Inspection, Violation, and Employment Information: Click HERE
• Division of Oil, Gas& Mining (DOGM) Records:
~ Small Mining Operation (S0370121)
~ Large Mining Operation Proposal (M0370126)
◊ MODIFICATION OF OPERATION TO 10-TIMES EXISITING SURFACE IMPACT
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is providing an opportunity to comment on the scope of the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the expansion of the Daneros Uranium Mine, San Juan County, Utah. Energy Fuels Resources Inc. (EFR) Mine Plan Modification would expand the surface disturbance of the mine from 4.6 acres to 46 acres near Natural Bridges National Monument. The expected total production of the mine would increase from 100,000 tons over 7 years to 500,000 tons over 20 years. That is, if the price of uranium goes up.
In 2012 EFR put the Daneros, La Sal Complex, and Pandora Mines on non-operational status. In addition to these mines, EFR has 6 other mines in Utah that are permitted, but non-operational (Energy Queen, Pine Ridge, Rim, Redd Block No. 4, Sage, and Tony M). EFR announced that In the summer of 2014 they wold cease operation at the two operational mines on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and cease processing uranium ore at their White Mesa Mill south of Blanding in San Juan County.
Scoping is the initial stage of the process. The BLM will later issue a draft EA for public comment. A major issue is the failure of the BLM to develop a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project. The expanded mine (now a large mining operation under Utah law) will also require approval by the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining (DOGM) and include public comment. The Utah Division of Air Quality is still reviewing EFR's application for an Air Quality Permit and the public comments on the proposed Approval Order submitted last year.
Comments are due to the BLM by the close of business on March 14, 2014. Reference “Daneros Mine Plan Modification.” Submit by E-Mail.
• Uranium Watch Daneros Mine Webpage
• Uranium Watch Uranium Mining Fact Sheet
• BLM Press Release
• EFR Mine Plan Modification
• BLM Environmental Information Bulletin Board. Search using the term “Daneros Mine.”
• DOGM Daneros Large Mine Operation (M0370126) Documents
• DOGM Daneros Small Mine Operation (S0370121) Documents
◊ SMALL MINING OPERATION
Final Environmental Impact Statement | FONSI | Record of Decision - May 2009
Decision Record and Final Environmental Assessment
Appendix A - ID Team Analysis Checklist
Appendix B - Biological Survey Report
Appendix C - Scoping Report
Appendix D - Transportation Policy
Appendix E - Storm Water Polution Protection Plan
Appendix F - Baseline Soil Report
Appendix G - Hydrology Report
Appendix H - Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant Control Plan
Appendix I - Waste Rock Pile Cover
Appendix J - Mine Acid Producing Potential Sampling Program
Appendix K - Figures
Appendix L - Air Emssions Calculations
Appendix M - Comment Responses
◊ COMPLIANCE WITH RADON EMISSION STANDARDS IN 40 C.F.R. PART 61, SUBPART B
• Proposed Air Quality Monitoring Plan - December 8, 2009
• Approval and Application for Radon Ventilation - April 27 and May 22, 2012 (29.5 MB)
◊ Annual Subpart B Radon Monitoring and Compliance Reports
• 2012 (7.5 MB)
Last Updated February 14, 2014