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Uranium One USA, Inc. (State of Texas)

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1.0 Site Identification

Type of Site: Uranium Recovery Facility
Location: Bruni, TX
License No.: R03024
Docket No.:
License Status: Unknown

2.0 Site Status Summary

The license includes three (3) sites, the West Cole Project, the O'Hern Project and the Holiday/El Mesquite Projects.

License R03024 was initially issued as L03024 to Tenneco Uranium, Inc for the West Cole Project in July of 1981.  That license authorized in situ mining and concentration into yellowcake slurry.  The license was transferred to Total Minerals Corporation in March of 1987.  The license was amended in September of 1998 to transfer the license to COGEMA Mining, Inc. and to add the Holiday/El Mesquite Projects and the O'Hern Project to the license.  More recently, COGEMA Mining, Inc. was acquired by Uranium One, Inc.  Following the acquisition, COGEMA Mining, Inc., changed its name to Uranium One USA, Inc. effective March 4, 2010.

The Holiday/El Mesquite Projects were initially authorized under License No. 10-2436 issued to Mobil Oil Corporation in 1978.  In March of 1980, the O'Hern Project was added to the license.  The license was transferred to Nufuels Corporation in February of 1981, and subsequently transferred back to Mobil Oil Corporation in 1982.  The license was again transferred in September of 1987 to Malapai Resources Company.  License No. 2436 was terminated in September 1998 when the projects were added to License No. L03024.

The West Cole Project was an in situ leach wellfield and processing plant.  Pregnant lixiviant was processed to the yellowcake slurry stage.  The groundwater in the wellfields has been restored to the levels authorized in the underground injection control permits.  The wells have been plugged and abandoned and the UIC permits revoked.  The processing plant facility has been decommissioned and the entire site released to unrestricted use.

The O'Hern Project was an in situ leach wellfield and processing plant to the ion exchange loaded resin stage.  Loaded resin was transferred to the Holiday/El Mesquite processing plant for further processing to dried yellowcake.  The groundwater in the wellfields has been restored to the levels authorized in the underground injection control permits.  The wells have been plugged and abandoned and the UIC permits revoked.  The processing plant facility has been decommissioned and the site released to unrestricted use.

The Holiday/El Mesquite Projects were in situ leach wellfields and a central processing plant to the dried yellowcake stage.  The groundwater in the wellfields has been restored to the levels authorized in the underground injection control permits.  The wells have been plugged and abandoned and the UIC permits revoked.  The plant site has been decommissioned and the site released to unrestricted use.

3.0 Major Technical or Regulatory Issues

There are no major technical or regulatory issues.

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