FREMONT NAT. FOREST URANIUM MINES (USDA)
OREGON
EPA ID# OR7122307658
EPA Region 10
Lake County
Lakeview

2nd Congressional District

Other Names: Lucky Lass/White King Mine, Fremont National Forest Uranium Mines (USDA), Fremont National Forest/White King and Lucky Lass Uranium Mines (USDA)
Last Update: April, 2010

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The White King Mine is located approximately 18 miles northwest of Lakeview within the Lakeview Ranger District, Fremont National Forest, Lake County, Oregon. The mine is situated on both National Forest land and private land. The Lucky Lass Mine is situated 1 mile northwest of the White King Mine and is also on National Forest land. The nearest residence to the site is 12 miles away. The site encompasses 140 acres affected by uranium mining activities which occurred during the 1950s and 1960s. Major features at the White King Mine include the White King Pond (formed when water collected in an open-pit mine), and two stockpiles of overburden material. The White King pond occupies approximately 13 acres and contains about 80 million gallons of water. The two stockpiles contain a combined volume of almost one million cubic yards of material. Major features a the Lucky Lass Mine include the Lucky Lass Pond and the overburden stockpile. This pond covers approximately 5 acres. The Lucky Lass overburden stockpile covers about 14 acres and contains approximately 260,000 cubic yards of material. The radioactive ore and soil stockpiles at the site pose some risk to residents or recreational users. The White King pond contains acidic water which requires periodic neutralization. The site is typically covered by snow approximately 6 months of the year.

Site Responsibility: This site is being addressed through state and federal actions.

NPL Listing HistoryDates
Proposed Date:06/23/1993
Removed Date:
Withdrawal Date:
Final Date:04/25/1995
Deleted Date:


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Media Affected: Soils, Sediments, Surface Water, Groundwater
Surface water and sediments in Auger Creek and nearby wetlands have been contaminated by mining activities. The primary hazards posed by the mine waste include potential exposure to gamma radiation from radioactive constituents, and the contamination of soils and surface and groundwater by heavy metals and radioactive constituents. Direct contact or ingestion of contaminated soils, surface water, sediments, or groundwater could pose a health risk.




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SITE MANAGER(S):Bill Adams
E-MAIL ADDRESS:adams.bill@epa.gov
PHONE NUMBER:206-553-2806
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT COORDINATOR:Judy Smith
E-MAIL ADDRESSsmith.judy@epa.gov
PHONE NUMBER:(503)326-6994
Information pertaining to this site is housed at the following location(s):
Lakeview Ranger District (Administrative Record)
Fremont National Forest
HC 64, Box 60
Lakeview, Oregon 97630

Lake County Library (Administrative Record)
County Courthouse
513 Center Street
Lakeview, Oregon 97630