[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 76 (Friday, April 18, 2008)]
[Page 21152]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-8418]



Bureau of Land Management

[CO-923-1430-ET; COC-69155]

Public Land Order No. 7700; Transfer of Public Land for the 
Maybell West Uranium Repository; Colorado

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Public Land Order.


SUMMARY: This order permanently transfers 160 acres of public land to 
the Department of Energy for its Maybell West Uranium Repository, in 
accordance with the terms of the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation 
Control Act of 1978 (Public Law 95-604), as amended.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 18, 2008.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andy Senti, BLM Colorado State Office, 
2850 Youngfield Street, Lakewood, Colorado 80215-7093, 303-239-3713.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Umetco Maybell Uranium Mill Site has 
been stabilized and the Department of Energy plans to convert the site 
to a uranium mill tailings repository. Under Public Law 95-604, the 
Department of Energy is legally obligated to become the long-term 
custodian of the stabilized Umetco Maybell Uranium Mill Site. The long-
term custodial responsibility is perpetual and is administered by the 
DOE under a Nuclear Regulatory Commission license. The land must be 
transferred in order for the Department of Energy to execute its 
responsibilities under Public Law 95-604.


    By virtue of the authority vested in the Secretary of the Interior 
by the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act of 1978 (42 U.S.C. 
7916 (2000)), as amended, it is ordered as follows:
    1. Subject to valid existing right, the following described public 
land is hereby permanently transferred to the Department of Energy, and 
as a result of this transfer, the land is no longer subject to the 
operation of the general land laws, including the mining and mineral 
leasing laws, for the Maybell West Uranium Repository:

Sixth Principal Meridian

T. 7 N., R. 95 W.,
    Sec. 24, S\1/2\NW\1/4\ and N\1/2\SW\1/4\.

    The area described contains 160 acres in Moffat County.

    2. The transfer of the above-described land to the Department of 
Energy vests in that Department, full management, jurisdiction, 
responsibility, and liability for such land and all activities 
conducted thereon, except as provided in Paragraph 3.
    3. The Secretary of the Interior shall retain the authority to 
administer any existing claims, rights, and interests in this land that 
were established before the effective date of the transfer.

    Dated: March 27, 2008.
C. Stephen Allred,
Assistant Secretary--Land and Minerals Management.
 [FR Doc. E8-8418 Filed 4-17-08; 8:45 am]