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Radiation protection in mining and milling of uranium and thorium

Radiation protection in mining and milling of uranium and thorium

proceedings of a symposium organised by the International Labour Office and the French Atomic Energy Commission, in co-operation with the World Health Organization and the International Atomic Energy Agency and held in Bordeaux (France), 9-11 September 1974.

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Published by International Labour Office in Geneva .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Uranium mines and mining -- Health aspects -- Congresses.,
  • Uranium -- Toxicology -- Congresses.,
  • Thorium -- Toxicology -- Congresses.,
  • Radiation -- Toxicology -- Congresses.,
  • Radiation dosimetry -- Congresses.

  • Edition Notes

    SeriesOccupational safety and health series ; 32, Occupational safety and health series ;, 32.
    ContributionsInternational Labour Office., France. Commissariat à l"énergie atomique.
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsRC965.U7 R3
    The Physical Object
    Paginationiv, 346 p. :
    Number of Pages346
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL4276516M
    ISBN 109221015041
    LC Control Number78302141

    Uranium compounds that are less soluble e. Appendix 2 - Risk Assessment: Use of Uranium compounds as electron microscopy staining agents Procedure Uranium compounds are made into an aqueous solution. Limiting the radiation exposure of workers in mine, mill and tailings areas so that it is as low as possible, and in any event does not exceed the allowable dose limits set by the authorities. This can then be precipitated with an alkali, eg as sodium or magnesium diuranate. Heap leaching Some ore, usually very low-grade below 0. Other sources of epidemiological data are important for assessing the potential health effects of occupational exposure to uranium itself.

    Airline personnel and frequent travelers who spend many hours flying at high elevations are also exposed to higher levels of ionizing radiation from cosmic sources. A natural source of alpha particles is radon gas, found almost everywhere. A paper looks at the long-term population dose due to radon from uranium mining and shows that it is insignificant. Most Australian and many other mines adopt a "zero discharge" policy for any pollutants. Knochel, A. Most US and Kazakh uranium production is by this method.

    Where a deposit holds a significant concentration of two or more valuable minerals then the cost of recovering each individual mineral is reduced as certain mining and treatment requirements can be shared. Beta particles are electrons emitted from the nuclei of many fission products. Therefore, although uranium itself is barely radioactive, the ore which is mined, especially if it is very high-grade such as in some Canadian mines, is handled with some care, for occupational health and safety reasons. Considerable attention has been given to rehabilitation of the hundreds of drill pads, some dating from initial exploration, so that many are now scarcely visible even on aerial photos. Soluble uranium compounds and uranium compounds that become soluble by forming a bicarbonate complex in the blood can produce impairment of the proximal tubules ATSDR, ; renal toxicity associated with high doses of uranium can lead to death.


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Radiation protection in mining and milling of uranium and thorium book

A typical backyard is therefore slightly radioactive. Apart from groundwater considerations discussed above, rehabilitation of ISL mines is very straightforward, making this a technique with remarkably low environmental impact.

Milling and Separation Higher grade ores are further milled then concentrated by physical separation. How are people exposed to radiation? These set strict health standards for exposure to gamma radiation and radon gas.

The following appendices show two generic risk assessments. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Nuclear Fuel Cycle Science and Engineering

Ettenhuber, E. Risk of Radiation Exposure to the General Public Any exposure to the general population resulting from off-site releases of radionuclides such as airborne radon decay products, airborne radioactive particles, and radium in water supplies presents some health risk.

Because radon and its decay products daughters are radioactive and because the tailings are now on the surface, measures are taken to minimise the emission of radon gas. Silica overexposure can cause the chronic lung disease silicosis as well as other lung and non-lung health problems, while diesel exhaust fumes have been Page 21 Share Cite Suggested Citation:"Nontechnical Summary.

For example, uranium miners working in underground mines generally have a much greater potential for exposure to radon and radon decay products during the mining process as compared with miners working in open-pit mines UNSCEAR, Nuclear fuel cycle science and engineering describes both the key features of the complete nuclear fuel cycle and the wealth of recent research in this important field.

Health of workers In Australia all uranium mining and milling operations are undertaken under the Code of Practice and Safety Guide: Radiation Protection and Radioactive Waste Management in Mining and Mineral Processingwhich sets strict health standards for radiation and radon gas exposure, for both workers and members of the public.

In these cases the concentration of uranium may be as low as a tenth of that in orebodies mined primarily for their uranium content.

A simpler model which can be applied is for the basic estimated cost of rehabilitation upon closure to be a bond held by the government, and such bonds are a routine requirement for any mines today.

These properties are conservatively stocked to maximise protection of sites of environmental or cultural significance. NRC b concluded not only that there is overwhelming evidence supporting such a monoclonal cancer origin, but also that there is no apparent threshold for radon-induced lung cancer.

Heap Leaching In contrast to dump leaching, heap leaching refers to the application of chemicals to low-grade ore that has been crushed and deposited on a specially designed pad.

A natural source of alpha particles is radon gas, found almost everywhere.

TENORM: Copper Mining and Production Wastes

Butow, E. Demolition costs are budgeted based on quotations from a specialist demolition contractor and rehabilitation costs are estimated based on a quotation from a mining contractor with extensive rehabilitation experience. Appendix 2 - Risk Assessment: Use of Uranium compounds as electron microscopy staining agents Procedure Uranium compounds are made into an aqueous solution.

Rehabilitation Apart from tailings, other solid wastes at a mine include equipment which is not able to be sold at the end of the operation. Note: Records of all wastes accumulated and disposed of must be maintained by the RPS.

A mine or processing facility could also be subject to uncontrolled releases of radioactive materials as a result of human error or an extreme event such as a flood, fire, or earthquake. Radioactive materials are used in industry to verify the quality of steel, in the production of coated paper, in highway construction to test the density of road surfaces, and to test the strength of welds on pipes.

Work with materials that have undergone uranium separation e. The first observations concerning the nephrotoxicity of uranium began in the s, when uranium was intentionally administered as a medical treatment for diabetes and other diseases Hodge, Nontechnical Summary.

I n recent years, there has been renewed interest in mining uranium in the Commonwealth of Virginia. However, before any mining could begin, Virginia’s General Assembly would have to rescind a statewide moratorium on uranium mining that has been in effect since hazards of ionising radiation associated with the mining and processing of titaniferous minerals contained in mineral sands deposits.

There is a growing public awareness of the risks posed by one of these minerals, monazite, which emits low levels of radiation as it. Radiation Protection in Australasia 33(1) Over the last two or three decades the recognition and minimization of the environmental impacts of mining and associated industries has become an.

Safecast's Workhorse Radiation Device. The Safecast bGeigie Nano is part of a global environmental sensor network enabling uranium miners and millers to collect radiation readings and freely use and share the data collected.

The Safecast bGeigie Nano is. Forty years ago the uranium mining industry like the other mining industries was labour-intensive. The methods for exploration, mining and milling were, by today's standards, rather primitive, and environmental concerns were of low importance.

The management of uranium mines and mills was simple, the demand was defined, and the prices. Action Level for Radiation Protection Controls: >1, cps at 1 metre from source; 1, cps at 1 metre = ~ mrem = ~% U3O8 (for a large outcrop or core shed) For safety purposes, high grade uranium ore is considered at >% U3O8.

The average grade of U3O8 Corp’s uranium resource in Guyana is % U3O8 (~1, cps).

Uranium and Thorium Safety Management