Moab mill tailings cleanup hits 6-million ton mark

The cleanup of the mill-tailings pile in Moab, Utah, is on schedule, having hit the 6-million ton mark this week.

That leaves 10 million tons still to be hauled 30 miles north to Crescent Junction from the Cold War-era tailings pile on the opposite side of the Colorado River from Moab.

“We just keep clicking away, slowly but surely,” said Don Metzler, director of the cleanup for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Metzler had predicted the cleanup would hit the 6-million-ton milestone on Monday.

The cleanup, which began in 2009, is expected to be complete by 2025.

The tailings are the remainder of the uranium milling process and contain low levels of radiation.

They are shipped by rail from Moab in lined containers and deposited in a disposal cell designed to blend in with the Book Cliffs behind them.


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