The Jackpile Mine was the worlds largest open pit uranium mine. Located at the village of Paguate on the Laguna Pueblo near the Grants, New Mexico uranium mining district, it was operated by the Anaconda Mining Company (ARCO - Atlantic Richfield) from 1953 to 1982. The Pueblo of Laguna set up a company to oversee the reclamation of the mine, as no standards for such existed when the mine closed in 1982. The mine lease covered 7,868 acres, and by December 2006, 33,000,000 cubic yards of earth were again displaced to reclaim 2,700 acres. Surface and ground water monitoring continues to register radioactivity throughout this area.
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