What is that huge pile of dirt northwest of Moab?
That “pile” consists of the mill tailings and tailings-contaminated materials left over from the uranium-ore processing operations that were conducted by Uranium Reduction Company and later Atlas Minerals Corporation between 1956 and 1984. The pile is the prominent feature of the Moab UMTRA Project site (Moab site) that is now owned by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and is being managed for the purpose of remediation. The site is located almost 3 miles northwest of the City of Moab and encompasses approximately 400 acres; the 130-acre uranium mill tailings pile occupies much of the western portion of the site.

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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?