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Midnite Uranium Mine
Date Posted: August 11, 1999The Midnite Uranium Mine, located on the Spokane Indian reservation in eastern Washington, has recently been proposed as a Superfund (National Priority List) site, due to releases of uranium and other radionuclides, metals, and other contaminants. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has initiated the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) process to evaluate the extent of human (primarily Tribal) and environmental impacts, and to identify appropriate remedial actions. The Spokane Tribe has requested coordination and assistance from the Service in evaluating natural resource injuries resulting from contaminant releases from the mine. The Department of the Interior (DOI) has also received a 122(j) notice from EPA, requesting DOI to identify trust resources and to participate in negotiations with the Potentially Responsible Parties. Staff from the Spokane Field Office will be participating in the RI/FS process and will be assisting the Spokane Tribe in dealing with their natural resource issues related to releases from the mine.
Last updated: February 13, 2013