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Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations

Grants Mining District, New Mexico


Homestake Mining Company, New Mexcio

Grants San Mateo,New Mexico Landscape

The Grants Mineral Belt was the primary focus of uranium extraction and production activities in New Mexico from the 1950s until the late 1990s. The belt extends along the southern margin of the San Juan Basin in Cibola, McKinley, Sandoval, and Bernalillo Counties as well as on Tribal lands. Several mines in this area are under the jurisdiction of New Mexico Environment Department and EPA. EPA is working with state, local, and federal partners to assess and address health risks and environmental effects of the mines.

Five-Year Plan - Updated March 2014

Quality Assurance Sampling Plan for Grants Mineral Belt Structures Assessment

Protocol for Uranium Home Site Assessment

Action Memorandum for Removal of Surface Soil Contamination from Properties Exceeding the Action Levels

Mormon Farms

Mormon Farms Temporary Staging Area

The staging site, which will temporarily store radiation contaminated material from area properties, has been completed and the removal of contaminated materials in the area began on February 19th, 2014. Attached is a video which describes how the staging area which will store the material collected was constructed. The staging area will include a separate area for storage of the equipment. Once the removal activities are completed in the area; all material will be properly transported and disposed of in an approved facility. Since the staging area is in a restricted location; this video was developed to provide the public information on how the staging area was constructed. EPA plans to continue to keep the public informed during the various phases of the project.

Site Activities Update (December 2013)

Mormon Farms Interim Status Report

* To open a ZIP file, download the file and select "Open" or right-click on the file and select "Extract" .

Related Resources

The Five Year Plan for the Grants Mining District is a multi-agency effort. For specific questions regarding the plan, please refer to the contact list below:

For general questions regarding the Five-Year Plan
Name Department Phone Number
Mark Purcell Environmental Protection Agency (214) 665-6707
For questions regarding legacy uranium mines
Name Department Phone Number
Phyllis Bustamante New Mexico Environment Department (505) 827-2434
John Pfeil New Mexico Energy, Minerals
and Natural Resources Department
(505) 476-3407
Tony Herrell Bureau of Land Management (505) 954-2134
Nancy Rose United States Forest Service (505) 346-3900
For questions regarding former uranium mills
Name Department Phone Number
Tracy Plessinger Department of Energy (970) 248-6197
Lydia Chang Nuclear Regulatory Commission (301) 415-8141
For questions regarding assessment of potentially contaminated residential structures
Name Department Phone Number
Warren Zehner Environmental Protection Agency (281) 983-2229
For questions regarding assessment of groundwater impacted by legacy uranium activities
Name Department Phone Number
Phyllis Bustamante New Mexico Environment Department (505) 827-2434
For questions regarding investigation activities at the Jackpile Mine
Name Department Phone Number
Petra Sanchez Environmental Protection Agency (214) 665-6686
For questions regarding public health surveillance of uranium in the Grants Mining District
Name Department Phone Number
Heidi Krapfl New Mexico Department of Health (505) 476-3577

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