S.1059: Responsible Disposal Reauthorization Act of 2017

Author's Summary:  "This bill amends the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act of 1978 to extend through FY2048 authorization for the Department of Energy to operate the Cheney disposal cell in Mesa County, Colorado."

IB Summary:  According to Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-R) on the 2016 version of the bill: “Mill tailings were used as fill and construction material in the mid 1900’s. Most of the sites that contained tailings have already been cleaned up, but from time to time mill tailings will be uncovered during road construction and redevelopment programs,” Tipton said. “The repository in Grand Junction is the only DOE facility authorized to accept these mill tailings once they are discovered.”

Status: Introduced on 10/03/2017. Referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy. Hearings held.

Links: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1059/text?r=1

Other:  Sponsored by Cory Gardner