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EPA/AR RIN: 2060-AP43 Publication ID: Spring 2010 
Title: Revision of Health and Environmental Protection Standards for Uranium and Thorium Mill Tailings and Uranium In Situ Leaching Processing Facilities 
Abstract: EPA’s regulations in 40 CFR 192 establish standards for protection of the public health, safety, and environment from radiological and nonradiological hazards associated with uranium ore processing, and disposal of resulting waste materials. These cross-media standards, which apply to pollutant emissions and site restoration, must be adopted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, their Agreement States, and the Department of Energy. We propose to review all the standards in the existing rule, revise the regulations to take into account significant changes in uranium industry technologies and their potential impacts to groundwater, recent revisions in EPA drinking water protection standards, judicial decisions concerning the subject regulations, and need for new radiological risk assessments to take into account unanticipated risks to the general public and environment. New proposed facilities proposed in states from Virginia to Alaska, in addition to ongoing regulatory efforts by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for facility licensure and groundwater protection in advance of concomitant revised EPA standards, add to the urgency of undertaking this effort. 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 192 
Legal Authority: 42 USC 2022, 2114; Atomic Energy Act sec 275; UMTRCA sec 206(a) 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  05/00/2012   
Final Action  To Be Determined   
Additional Information: SAN No. 5319
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Loren Setlow
Environmental Protection Agency
Air and Radiation
6608J,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 343-9445
Fax:202 343-2304
Email: Setlow.Loren@epamail.epa.gov

Tom Peake
Environmental Protection Agency
Air and Radiation
6608J,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 343-9765
Fax:202 343-2304
Email: peake.tom@epa.gov

 
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