GRANTS, N.M. — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has identified five “apparent violations” at a former uranium mill in western New Mexico.

The Gallup Independent reports ( the commission said in a recent letter to Homestake Mining Co. of California that it is considering escalated enforcement action. The letter cited a failure to obtain monthly composite samples and the discharge of liquids among the alleged violations.

But the commission stopped short of issuing a notice of violation because it hasn’t made its enforcement decision. It is offering the company 30 days to respond.

Jesse Toepfer, a closure manager for Homestake’s parent company, said the commission’s actions were “pre-decisional” and he couldn’t comment.

The site near Grants has been on the national list of cleanup priorities since the early 1980s.

Information from: Gallup Independent,