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terials, and ground in the vicinity of the mill or processing site which has become contaminated with radionuclides, including radium-226, derived from the

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IŠTH CONGRESS

20 SESSION

H. R. 12938

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

JUNE 1, 1978
Mr. MARRIOTT (for himself, Mr. ARMSTRONG, Mr. BAUMAN, Mr. EDWARDS of

Oklahoma, Mr. Hansen, Mr. Johnson of Colorado, Mr. KAZEN, Mr. LUJAN,
Mr. McDADE, Mr. MURPHY of Pennsylvania, Mr. RHODES, Mr. RoncaLIO,
Mr. Rudd, Mr. RUNNELS, Mr. RUPPE, Mr. SKUBITZ, Mr. STUMP, Mr. SYMMS,
and Mr. WEAVER) introduced the following bill; which was referred jointly
to the Committees on Interior and Insular Affairs and Interstate and
Foreign Commerce

A BILL

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To provide grants to States for the restoration of abandoned

uranium millsites and to require the Secretary of Energy to restore such sites if the States fail to do so.

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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa

2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 3 That this Act may be cited as "Uranium Millsite Restoration

4 Act of 1978".

5 SEC. 2. (a) The Secretary may make grants to the 6 States of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon, 7 Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, and any other State 8 determined to be in a similar situation to carry out a site

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1 restoration plan for abandoned uranium millsites in those

2 States. Such plan must meet the requirements of section 4 of

3 this Act.

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(b) (1) "No grant may be made under this section

5 unless an application thereof has been submitted to and

6 approved by the Secretary. The Secretary may not approve

7 an application unless

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(A) the application contains a site restoration

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plan which meets the requirements of section 4 of this

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(B) the application is submitted within three years

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after the date of the enactment of this Act; and

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(C) the application is submitted in such form, and

in accordance with such procedures, as the Secretary 15

may require, including compliance with regulations set 16 forth in section 10 (a). 17 SEC. 3. (a) The Secretary shall approve or disapprove 18 any application for a grant under this section within one 19 hundred and twenty days after the submission of such 20 application to the Secretary, and shall notify the applicant 21 in writing of the decision. The Secretary shall provide the 22 applicant with a detailed written statement of the reasons 23 for the rejection of any application. 24 (b) If the Secretary has rejected an application, the 25 applicant may submit a revised application. The Secretary

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1 shall consider such a revised application in accordance with 2 section 2 (b) (1) of this Act. 3 (c) Subject to the availability of funds, the Secretary 4 shall award to any applicant whose application has been 5 approved under this section a grant in an amount equal to 6 the costs of carrying out such applicant's site restoration

7 plan, as estimated in such plan pursuant to section 4 (g)

8 of this Act.

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SEC. 4. The site restoration plan required under section

10 2(b) (1) shall

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(a) designate the abandoned uranium millsites (including sites on Federal property) which the applicant intends to restore;

(b) describe the method by which the applicant shall restore the background radiation level at any site designated under subsection (a) of this section to å level which is no more than twice the background level which existed before milling operations began at such

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site in order to eliminate any health hazard to residents

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(c) describe the method by which the applicant shall restore offsite uranium milltailings to the original

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millsite.

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(d) specify the sites which the applicant shall use for the disposal of the uranium milltailings removed

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from the abandoned sites designated under subsection

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(a) of this section;

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(e) indicate the manner in which the applicant shall dispose of the tailings so as to prevent any further

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exposure of individuals to radiation emanating from

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the tailings; and

(f) describe the manner in which the applicant, during the fifteen-year period following such disposal,

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shall monitor the radiation levels at the sites specified under subsection (d) of this section; and

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(g) contain an estimate of the grant required to

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