BASELINE STUDIES FOR THE COLES HILL URANIUM DEPOSIT, CHATHAM, VIRGINIA
Initial baseline monitoring studies are underway (i.e., monitoring well installation) to develop the pre-construction, pre-operational conditions at the site and near vicinity. This baseline information is critical to provide pre-mining baseline monitoring conditions of the site which will allow impact analysis and eventual mitigation requirements to be determined.
Recent studies include but are not limited to, surface water, ground water, soils, meteorology, ecology, radiological risks, and socio-economics. The Coles Hill deposit consists of two ore bodies, both of which outcrop at the surface. Initial data from baseline studies show elevated concentrations of uranium in soils, ground water, and surface water where the deposit outcrops and are downstream compared to non-mineralized up gradient areas. For example, soil samples where the deposit outcrops contains up to 194 ppm uranium, whereas samples away from the ore body contain less than 5 ppm uranium. The water well over the north ore body contains up to 2716 µg/L unfiltered uranium with a background of less than 1 µg/L. Surface water in a pond is 3.4 µg/L for unfiltered uranium near the ore bodies but is not detected away from the ore bodies.