POLLUTION LOCATOR| Superfund | Site Description

Site Name:      FREMONT NAT. FOREST URANIUM MINES (USDA)
EPA ID:      OR7122307658


Conditions at Proposal (January 18, 1994): The Fremont Nati onal Forest/White King and Lucky Lass URANIUM+ Mines site is locat ed approximately 18 miles northwest of Lakeview, Oregon. The Whi te King Mine is located on U.S. Forest Service and private land and the Lucky Lass Mine is located entirely on Forest Service land . The mines were operated from 1958 through 1961 and intermitt ently through 1964. The Atomic Energy Commission oversaw ore pro duction from the mines. A total of 140 acres were disturbed by m ining: 120 acres at White King Mine and 20 acres at Lucky Lass M ine. Contaminant areas include stockpiled ore, overburden mixed with ore, and acid drainage waste water that has filled the pits created by the mining activities. The primary hazards posed by the mine waste include gamma ra diation exposure from radioactive constituents, emanation of rado n gas, and environmental contamination by HEAVY METALS and the ra dioactive constituents in surface and ground water. Surface wate r and sediments in Auger Creek and nearby wetlands have been cont aminated by mining activities. The creek and surface water bodie s downstream of the site are used as a source of recreational fis hing. Status (April 1995): In October of 1994, the U.S. Forest Se rvice signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with EPA and the Sta te of Oregon to: (1) implement a removal action at the Lucky Las s Site during fiscal year 1995; and (2) complete an RI/FS workpla n for characterization of the site. An Engineering Evaluation/Co st Analysis (EE/CA) has been completed for the removal action and public comments are being addressed. The RI/FS workplan is near ing completion. The agencies are currently negotiating with a PR P to implement the RI/FS workplan with RI sampling scheduled to b egin in the summer of 1995. [The description of the site (release) is based on informati on available at the time the site was scored. The description ma y change as additional information is gathered on the sources and extent of contamination. See 56 FR 5600, February 11, 1991, or subsequent FR notices.]