The wind tends to blow frequently in the Moab area. Is the dust I see coming from the Moab site radioactive and is it harmful to breathe?
There is an interim cover over the entire tailings pile that consists of uncontaminated soil approximately 1 foot thick. Most of the dust you occasionally see coming from the site is this pile cover material or uncontaminated soils blowing from areas that have been cleaned up. A tiny fraction of the dust originating from the site does inevitably contain low-level radioactive particles; however, the level of radioactivity in the dust is indistinguishable from background concentrations in the dust and is, therefore, also below U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) limits for release of radio-particulates from the site. Site operations are shut down at sustained wind speeds of 25 miles per hour or greater.

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1. Is any of the Moab site open for public use?
2. Is it safe to camp near the Moab site?
3. Is it safe to raft down the Colorado River or ride my bicycle on Potash Road past the Moab site?
4. Is the site open to the public for tours?
5. The wind tends to blow frequently in the Moab area. Is the dust I see coming from the Moab site radioactive and is it harmful to breathe?
6. What are uranium mill tailings?
7. What does U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) plan to do with the site?
8. What is that huge pile of dirt northwest of Moab?
9. What will U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) do to control dust during remediation of the pile? How will emissions be monitored?
10. Where can I find out more information about the Moab UMTRA Project?
11. Who owns the Moab site?