First million tons removed from Moab tailings pile
The U.S. Dept. of Energy completed removal of the first one million tons of uranium tailings from along the Colorado River near Moab last week, leaving 15 millions to go, according to the Grand Junction Sentinel. The tailings are hauled 30 miles by train to Crescent Junction near the Book Cliffs in Utah. The tailings are left over from the Atlas Uranium mill which was a major uranium producer during the Cold War. The Moab Tailings Project is shipping two 26-car trains per day, M-F.