United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Bear Creek

Site Summary

1.0 Site Identification

Type of Site: Uranium Recovery Facility
Location: Powder River Basin, WY
License No.: SUA-1310
Docket No.: 40-8452
License Status: Possession Only License
Project Manager:

Dominick Orlando

2.0 Site Status Summary

The decommissioning and reclamation of the Bear Creek Uranium Mill, including the mill tailings impoundment, was completed in November 1999. The tailings impoundment contains 4.7 million tons of uranium ore tailings and covers an area of approximately 101 acres. The staff performed a final "closeout" inspection of the completed reclamation construction activities in July 2000. The staff completed its review of the Bear Creek Tailings Reclamation Construction Report in July 2001 with the conclusion that reclamation of the Bear Creek tailings impoundment was completed in accordance the requirements of 10 CFR Part 40, Appendix A, and the licensee's approved Tailings Reclamation Plan. DOE has acquired the deed to the site and is in the process of developing the long-term surveillance plan (LTSP) for the site. The groundwater at the site was recently classified by the Wyoming Department of Environment as industrial use only, their lowest groundwater classification level.

3.0 Major Technical or Regulatory Issues

The long-term care cost for decommissioning has yet to be determined, but will be based on the activities in the final LTSP

4.0 Estimated Date For Closure


Page Last Reviewed/Updated Thursday, October 20, 2016