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Duex reported that indoor air pollution from radon in 1994 has been identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a serious health problem; estimates indicate that radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer (after smoking) and that high levels of radon may cause as many as 20,000 to 40,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States. Studies of the potential risk in the Gulf Coast have been few. This report summarizes more than 7,000 previously unreported radon analyses and relates them to geological information in order to identify possible problem areas for the Gulf Co... More →
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This facility, located in New Zealand, provides a radiocarbon dating service for researchers worldwide, and over 17,000 samples have been measured from the Pacific area, United States and Europe.
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UEC reports that one of the best kept secrets in Texas is that uranium has been continually mined since the late 1950s. Uranium mining was initially conducted by open-pit mining followed by conventional milling to produce yellowcake, which is harnessed to produce electrical energy in nuclear power plants. In the early 1970s, a new environmentally sensitive means of extraction was developed in South Texas addressing concerns about the disturbance of the surface of the land, dewatering portions of the aquifer to enable men and equipment to work beneath the surface, and later forming vast areas o... More →
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Diné College Research Project
Diné Environmental Institute
Nevada

Rock Point Quadrangle, Nevada
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IAEA Technical Reports Series No. 442

This report addresses the remediation of co-mingled radioactive and other hazardous contaminants found within various media, including surface water, groundwater and soil (including geological media). In part, the report is designed to provide Member States with an overview of some of the added challenges that are encountered in the remediation of such sites, beyond working at sites solely contaminated with radionuclides. In addition, the report provides an overview of the technologies that can be applied to remediate such sites. This report is ... More →
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Ramsey Cox reports that Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Tim Scott, R-S.C., said it is past time the Senate acts on the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site. Despite politically motivated delays to the Yucca Mountain project, it is clearer than ever that this is the safest, most viable location for storing our nuclear waste, Scott said Thursday. It is well beyond time to move forward and construct Yucca.

The senators made the remarks after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NRC, issued a report that found the dump site could safely store nuclear waste for 1 million yea... More →
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Nazuaki Nagata reports that on March 11, 2011, at 2:46 p.m., a magnitude-9.0 earthquake shook the foundations of the Tohoku region, triggering a massive tsunami and a meltdown (via water loss covering core) at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. In the second part of the Japan Times series, Nagata looks at work being done at the crippled plant, as well as the real and exaggerated effects of radiation in the region.

There is always a perception gap between those who look out from and those who look into any given place, Kainuma said during a recent interview with The Japan Times... More →
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Atomenergomash, the equipment manufacturing and engineering division of state nuclear corporation Rosatom, said in a statement yesterday that one its subsidiaries had completed the development and manufacture of the equipment and containers of a mobile unit designed to process Low Level Waste for its customer RosRAO.

One of the key features of the unit is that once placed in mobile containers, it can be quickly deployed and start processing without the need for extensive preparatory work, Dmitry Kukiev, head of research at SverdNIIkhimmash, said. LLW processing will be done on the s... More →
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Dr. Conca indicates that he realize many journals and on-line publications need sensational headlines to attract readers. It seems necessary in these times of social media and 24-hour news cycles. But it becomes unethical to push bad science without doing at least a little due diligence. I understand anti-nuke ideology cares little about science and is never held to any technical standard, but in some cases reporting bad science hurts people who need good science to make personal decisions for themselves and their families.... More →
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Dr. Conca realizes that many journals and on-line publications need sensational headlines to attract readers. It seems necessary in these times of social media and 24-hour news cycles. But it becomes unethical to push bad science without doing at least a little due diligence. I understand anti-nuke ideology cares little about science and is never held to any technical standard, but in some cases reporting bad science hurts people who need good science to make personal decisions for themselves and their families.

A recent textbook case of this malfeasance is the Fukushima-induced thy... More →
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Brenda Buote selectively solicited opinions for this exchange -

Cons, as presented by nuclear adversaries, suggest that 1. In 2011, a tsunami destroyed the Japan Fukushima nuclear plant, 2. It took two weeks to stabilize four nuclear reactors, 3. more than 100,000 people were evacuated, 4. The economic loss is estimated to be as much as 500 billion dollars, 5. Today, radiation remains at dangerously high levels, preventing residents from returning home, 6. Fukushima officials had claimed that the plant was absolutely safe. Seabrook Director of Safety makes this same hollow claim, 7.... More →
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Much of what can be labeled "TENORM" has only trace amounts of radiation and is part of our everyday landscape. However, some TENORM has very high concentrations of radionuclides that can result in elevated exposures to radiation.
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NORM is encountered in oil and gas exploration, development and production operations and originates in subsurface formations, which may contain radioactive materials such as uranium and thorium and their daughter products, radium 226 and radium 228.
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The tsunami that wiped out a nuclear plant on the coast of Japan and lead to a triple meltdown has been an enormous setback for the promoters of fission-generated power. But of the four fundamental forces of nature, it is gravity, not nuclear, that has caused the most casualties at Fukushima. The death toll from the crashing waves killed some 20,000 people. But no one, including emergency workers at the plant, has died from the radiation, and no one has yet been diagnosed with a radiation-induced cancer. It is still very early. Ionizing rays” the kind powerful enough to break... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that the McClatchy newspaper chain published a sensational report in late 2015 that suggested over 30,000 nuclear workers at weapons facilities across the United States died from radiation-induced cancer when, in fact, it is impossible to show that even a dozen died.

Over 50,000 workers who worked at U.S. weapons sites over a period of about 40 years have received monetary compensation if they got cancer, regardless of whether the cancer was caused by radiation or not. However, authors Hotakainen, Wise, Matt and Ehlinger of this report decided that if someone recei... More →
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Uranium is an abundant element in the earth's crust and occurs in economic concentrations in a variety of geological environments ranging from Precambrian (Proterozoic) in age to sediments of Tertiary age. Uranium occurs in geographic locations ranging from the cold of the high latitudes of Canada and Russia to the heat of the tropics of Australia, Africa and Brazil. It also is available as by-products from nuclear devices, from processing phosphate deposits, and from other sources.

Reserve estimates are based on geophysical logs and an estimate of the physical dimensions of the min... More →
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The UREO in Navajo Nation is an educational and public program implemented by the Environmental Education Outreach Program (EEOP) at Northern Arizona University (NAU) and the Uranium Education Program (UEP) at Dine’ College.
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World Nuclear News reports that the transfer of radioactive soil and waste generated from clean-up work following the March 2011 tidal waves at the Fukushima Daiichi plant to a provisional storage site has been approved by the Governor of Fukushima Prefecture and the Mayors of Futaba and Okuma. In August 2014, the then governor of Fukushima Prefecture Yuhei Sato approved a central government plan to construct an interim storage facility on land on the border between the neighbouring towns of Futaba and Okuma.

Governor Masao Uchibori met with Shiro Izawa and Toshitsuna Watanabe - the... More →
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Wyomings resurgent uranium industry could get a further boost from University of Wyoming scientists, whose research on post-mining environmental restoration is yielding extremely promising results. Research in UW laboratories has shown that stimulating growth of native bacteria could be an effective way to remediate aquifers tapped by in-situ leach uranium mining, the technique used in the vast majority of Wyomings existing and planned uranium recovery operations.

If those findings are confirmed in the field, uranium companies could save significantly in groundwater restoration cos... More →
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On behalf of the organizing committee, we invite you to come to Saskatoon to discover and explore the latest science and technology in uranium mining, milling, refining, conversion, enrichment and the nuclear energy generation. The Uranium 2010 conference will also feature an invigorating and informative short course, an industrial tour to the largest and richest uranium mining and processing operations in the world and a variety of entertaining social and cultural activities.

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Grayson, et al., report that high uranium levels are known in Ulaanbaatar ash dumps, groundwater, construction materials and vegetation, and the high radon level in the city drinking water. Combustion of uranium-bearing coals is a cause, but natural sources of uranium may also be factors. Mongolian coals are important sinks for elemental enrichment by uranium and other heavy metals, and 24 Mesozoic, Permian and Carboniferous coals have U-content above 1 g per tonne. Coal ash wastes are U-enriched due to depletion of volatiles and are candidates for economic extraction of uranium and other valu... More →
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Malcolm Sutton reports that fears that dust from a planned mine on Yorke Peninsula could contaminate crops with low-level uranium and potentially travel as far as Adelaide have been raised by campaigners. The YP Landholders Group said an estimated 3 million kilograms of dust produced annually by Rex Minerals Hillside copper, gold and ore mine could include radioactive uranium and its decay products, called radon gas and radon daughters.
Chairman Stephen Lodge cited a joint paper written by a US doctor Dale Dewar that found long-lived radioisotopes from uranium mines could spread on surrou... More →
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In 1996, an interim record of decision was issued for the 300-FF-5 Operable Unit on the Hanford Site in southeast Washington State. The record of decision specified the interim remedy as (1) continued monitoring of groundwater and (2) institutional controls to restrict groundwater use. This record of decision was based on a remedial investigation that suggested levels of uranium would decrease with time because of natural geochemical and hydrologic processes. A prediction was made that concentrations of uranium would decrease to the proposed drinking water standard or lower (20 &#956;g/L) ... More →
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Remediation of UMTRCA Title I Uranium Mill Sites Under the UMTRA Project Summary Table: Uranium Ore Processed, Disposal Cell Material, and Cost for Remediation as of December 31, 1999
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Uranium mill tailings contain the radioactive element radium, which decays to produce radon, a radioactive gas. The radium in these tailings will not decay entirely for thousands of years. The mill tailings pose a potential hazard to public health and safety. To provide for the disposal, long-term stabilization, and control of these mill tailings in a safe and environmentally sound manner and to minimize or eliminate radiation health hazards to the public, Congress enacted the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act of 1978 (UMTRCA). This Act established two programs to protect the public ... More →
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