Mill tailings

The Grand Junction disposal site is the only government-owned disposal site available to receive radioactive uranium mill tailings, but expiring authorization could close the site as early as September 2021.

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A local Department of Energy uranium mill tailings disposal site has gotten a new lease on life under language included in the massive COVID-19 relief and federal spending bill signed by President Donald Trump on Sunday.

The language — one of the last measures to be successfully carried by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, before he leaves office — extends the life of the site through 2031 or until it is full.