Lorado Uranium Mill Site
The Lorado Mill site is located approximately eight kilometres south of Uranium City on the west side of Nero Lake. The mill operated from 1957–1960. Estimates of the total amount of ore processed at the Lorado mill range from 305,000 to 545,000 tonnes.
The total volume of tailings is estimated to be 227,000 m3, of which 50,000 m3 is in the water at Nero Lake. The exposed tailings, covering approximately 14 hectares, are located adjacent to Nero Lake.
In 2011 and 2012, SRC managed the development of a conceptual risk reduction plan, and associated environmental impact statement (EIS), for the abandoned Lorado uranium mill site. Several preferred options were considered for the remediation of the mine tailings and Nero Lake. At multiple public meetings in Uranium City, from December 2010 to December 2011, attendees provided input to SRC and regulators, which added a vital local viewpoint to the project. Provincial and federal regulators also provided input to improve the project plan.
This plan is now in the final stages of review and approval by the regulators, which will include a public review period. Using information from this plan, SRC has completed the engineering design and has begun procurement of a contractor to do the work. Any needed changes identified in this final review and approval process will be incorporated before the work begins. SRC will continue to keep Athabasca residents updated on progress.
Contact us to learn more about the Lorado Mine and Mill site clean up.