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Uranium Working Group report to Gov. McDonnell

Uranium Working Group report to Gov. McDonnell

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The Uranium Working Group released the 125-page report today to Gov. Bob McDonnell.
The Uranium Working Group released the 125-page report today to Gov. Bob McDonnell.

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COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA 2012 URANIUM WORKING GROUP REPORTNOVEMBER 30, 2012
 
2012 Uranium Working Group Report
 
i
CONTENTS
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ..................................................................................... viii
 
INTRODUCTION ......................................................................................... viii
 
GOVERNOR’S DIRECTIVE
.......................................................................... viii
 
UWG ACTIVITIES ..........................................................................................ix
 Wright Environmental Services Reports ........................................................................ ixUWG Public Meetings ..................................................................................................... ix VDH ................................................................................................................................ ixOther Meetings and Activities ........................................................................................ ix
PROCESS FOR THE PERMITTING OF A MINE AND/OR MILL SHOULD THEMORATORIUM BE LIFTED ............................................................................. x
 
GENERAL ROLE OF EACH STATE AGENCY ...................................................xi
 
GENERAL ROLES OF FEDERAL AGENCIES ................................................. xii
 
POLICY CONSIDERATIONS ......................................................................... xii
 
Public Participation ...................................................................................................... xiii
 
Uranium Mining Statute ............................................................................................... xiii
 
 Air Quality Monitoring .................................................................................................. xiv 
 
 Air Permitting ................................................................................................................ xiv 
 
Groundwater Monitoring............................................................................................... xi
 
Surface Water Monitoring ............................................................................................. xiv 
 
 Water Quality Standards ................................................................................................ xv 
 
Surface Water Discharge Permitting .............................................................................. x
 
Groundwater Permitting................................................................................................. x
 
Compliance and Enforcement ....................................................................................... xvi
 
 Worker and Public Health Monitoring .......................................................................... xvi
 
Environmental Laboratory ...........................................................................................xvii
 
Private Water Supplies .................................................................................................xvii
 
Private Water Well Regulations ....................................................................................xvii
 
 Waterworks Regulations ...............................................................................................xvii
 
Environmental Monitoring of Commercial Food Sources by Applicant/Licensee .... xviii
 
Regulations Concerning Recreational Use of Water .................................................. xviii
 
Regulations Concerning Human Health Surveillance and Reporting........................ xviii
 
Mine Financial Assurances ............................................................................................ xix
 
Mill Financial Assurances .............................................................................................. xix
 
Resources ....................................................................................................................... xixPermit and License Fees ................................................................................................. xx
I.
 
INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................. 1
 
II.
 
GOVERNOR’S DIRECTIVE
............................................................................. 2
 
Uranium Study Procurement........................................................................................... 2
III.
 
UWG ACTIVITIES .......................................................................................... 3
 
 
2012 Uranium Working Group Report
 
iiReview of Existing Studies ............................................................................................... 3 Wright Environmental Services Reports ......................................................................... 5UWG Public Meetings ...................................................................................................... 6 VDH Private Well and Recreational Water Use Meetings ................................................7Other Meetings and Activities ......................................................................................... 8
GENERAL ROLE OF EACH STATE AGENCY ................................................... 9
 
DMME .............................................................................................................................. 9
 
DEQ ................................................................................................................................. 11
 
 VDH ................................................................................................................................ 12
 
 VDACS ............................................................................................................................ 13
 
 VDEM.............................................................................................................................. 13
 
DOLI ............................................................................................................................... 14
 
GENERAL ROLES OF FEDERAL AGENCIES .................................................. 14
 
NRC ................................................................................................................................. 14
 
EPA ................................................................................................................................. 15
 
DOE ................................................................................................................................. 15
 
MSHA .............................................................................................................................. 15
 
IV.
 
CONCEPTUAL STATUTORY AND REGULATORY FRAMEWORK FOR THELIFE CYCLE OF URANIUM MINING AND MILLING ..................................... 16
 
REVIEW OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND DRINKING WATER STANDARDS ...... 17
 
Surface Water and Groundwater Standards ................................................................... 17
 
Technology-Based Limits for Mining and Milling Process Wastewater ........................ 18
 
Private Water Supplies ................................................................................................... 19
 
URANIUM EXPLORATION ACTIVITIES ....................................................... 19
 
PERMIT /LICENSE APPLICATION MINE AND MILL ................................... 20
 
MINE PERMITTING ..................................................................................... 20
 
Initiation of Permit Application .................................................................................... 20
 
EIA/EIS PROCESS
............................................................................................................ 21
 
Operations Plan ............................................................................................................. 25
 
Change Management Plan ............................................................................................. 27
 
Reclamation Plan ........................................................................................................... 27
 
Collaboration and Review by Other Agencies ............................................................... 28
 
Best Management Practices ........................................................................................... 28
 
Mill License Application ................................................................................................ 29
 
Emergency Response ...................................................................................................... 31
 
Environmental Permits Needed .................................................................................... 33
 
 Air Permitting ................................................................................................................ 33
 
 Water Permitting ........................................................................................................... 33
 
Surface Water Discharge Permitting ............................................................................. 34
 
Groundwater Permitting................................................................................................ 34
 
Groundwater Dewatering .............................................................................................. 35
 
 Virginia Water Protection (VWP) Permit Program ....................................................... 36
 

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