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Enercon Services, Inc. (ENERCON), along with its wholly owned subsidiary Talisman International, has been awarded a contract by Homestake Mining Company of California (HMC) to provide technical and regulatory assistance for their partially decommissioned uranium mill site near Grants, New Mexico. The HMC Grants Reclamation Project site is on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund Program's National Priority List, and is working toward site closure in the coming years.
As a former uranium site, with mill tailings and other byproduct waste material, and ongoing groundwater remediation operations, it is subject to oversight by a variety of regulatory agencies. Most notably, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) under 10CFR41, the EPA through the New Mexico Environment Department, and as a site with personnel actively working, by the Occupational Safety and Health Organization (OSHA).
HMC is committed to performing all remediation safely and within all regulatory and compliance frameworks for uranium mill tailings remediation. To that end, ENERCON and Talisman will assist HMC with a comprehensive assessment of their operations relative to the various, and many times overlapping regulatory requirements they face. The project will entail developing a delineation of all regulatory requirements at the site, performing a compliance gap analysis and identify any possible requirement conflicts needing resolution, and finally, developing a proposed set of corrective actions to ensure compliance and prevent recurrance of non-conformances that may exist by performing a root-cause analysis.
ENERCON and Talisman look forward to working with HMC toward completion of the self-assessment over the coming months, drawing upon the key Talisman resources with in-depth NRC regulatory experience for these types of sites, as well as our subject matter experts within ENERCON experienced with uranium site remediation and OSHA compliance.