Denison Mines (USA) Corporation (Denison) submitted a License Renewal Application to the Utah Divison of Radiation Control (DRC) in 2007. Over the next 4 years, Denison submitted additional information in response to the DRC requests for additional information (RAIs).

On October 14, 2011, the DRC noticed an opportunity to comment on the License Renewal and made the draft License and Safety Evaluation Report available. The comment period was extended to December 21, 2011.

The Utah Division of Radiation Control (now the Utah Division of Waste Managment and Radiation Control) received extensive comments on the draft License and Safety Evaluation Report for the license renewal of the White Mesa Uranium MIll, San Juan County, Utah. Various entities submitted comments on the License Renewal, including the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Uranium Watch (with Living Rivers, Sierra Club, Grand Canyon Trust, and Center for Biological Diversity), and Sheep Mountain Alliance (with Colorado Environmental Coalition, Information Network for Responsible Mining, Rocky Mountain Wild, and Center for Biological Diversity).

The DRC intends to issue responses to the first round of comments and notice an opportunity to submit additional comments on the Lisense Renewal Application. In 2012, the Utah State Legislature Amended the Administrative Procedures for Utah Department of Environmental Quality division (including the Division of Radiaion Control) permits. The new regulations now require that anyone challengingin a permitting action must bring forward the issue during the comment period, if such a comment period is provided.

Other White Mesa Mill Documents and Information

White Mesa License Renewal Hearings - June 2017


License Renewal Application
Draft Renewed License - 2011
Draft Safety Evaluation Report - 2011

White Mesa Uranium Mill License Renewal Application - February 28, 2007

Volume 1 - License Renewal Application
Volume 2 - Appendices A - I
Volume 3 - Appendices J - O
Volume 4 - Environmental Report
Volume 5 - Environmental Report, Appendices A, B, and C
List of Supplemental Information - Documents available at DRC office


Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

Comments on White Mesa License Renewal
Table of Exhibits

Exhibit A: Government-to-Government Correspondence, UMUT/DEQ, 2011

Exhibit B: UMUT Request for Agency Action
, March 31, 2011
~ Request for Agency Action to Division of Air Quality
~ Exhibit 1: DOE Moab Project Site Fugitive Dust Control Plan
(1.9 MB)
~ Exhibit 2: DOE Crescent Junction Project Site Fugitive Dust Control Plan
(3.1 MB)
Exhibit 3: White Mesa Mill Work Practice Standards

Exhibit C: Identification of Potential Tailings Cell Influence in Groundwater at White Mesa Mill
Exhibit D: DRC Letter to David C. Frydenlund, February 11, 1999
Exhibit E: Reports Citing Chloride as Indicator of Tailings Leakage
Exhibit F: DRC Review of White Mesa Engineering Design Plans, June 27, 2000 (3 MB)
Exhibit G: UMUT/EPD Review of Nitrate Corrective Action Plan (CAP)
Exhibit H: RRD Review of Containment and Closure Issues, December 1, 2011 (1.5 MB)
Exhibit I: DOE Letter Re: 2035 DOE Receipt (Closure), February 27, 2008
Exhibit J: Amended Stipulated Consent Agreement, September 30, 2011
Exhibit K: Description of the White Mesa Water System

Exhibit L: USGS Assessment of Potential Migration of Radionuclides and Trace Elements from the White Mesa Uranium Mill to the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation and Surrounding Areas, Southeastern Utah
~ USGS Report
~ Tables
Figures (5 MB)

Exhibit M: Bioavailability, Bioaccumulation and Food Chain Transfer of Airborne Radionuclides
Exhibit N: DAQ Response Memo (AAO), February 24, 2011
Exhibit O: DAQ Air Approval Oorder, March 2, 2011
Exhibit P: Deficiencies in White Mesa Mill Environmental Monitoring Program
Exhibit Q: EPA Off-Site Rule Letter with Attachments, April 7, 1999
Exhibit R: Particular Concerns with Alternative Feed Material
Exhibit S: DRC Sampling Memo, March 28, 2003
Exhibit T: Reclamation Plan Deficiencies

Uranium Watch and Others
Comments on White Mesa License Renewal

Sheep Mountain Alliance and Others
Comments on White Mesa License Renewal
Exhibit: US District Court, Order Granting Injunction, October 18, 2011

Last Updated February 19, 2017



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