Uranium Mining and Milling Waste Management in Northern Saskatchewan
36th Annual CNS-CNA Student Conference - 2012 June 12


Presented at:
36th Annual CNS-CNA Student Conference
2012 June 12
Location:
Saskatoon, Canada
Session Title:
CNS/CNA Student Conference 2012

Authors:
Sarah Thompson (Author )
Meghan Walsh (Author )
Stephen Gordon (Author )
Kyle Colburn (Author )
Jason Donev (Supervising Professor )
  

Abstract

This extended abstract presents a review of the effectiveness of waste management practices currently being used in Northern Saskatchewan’s uranium mining industry. Short-term improvements could be made to the water treatment processes, tailings water cover, and waste rock management. Long-term improvements include extracting toxic metals from the tailings pit, and creating a recycle loop for the effluent water to be returned for use in the mill. Regulatory involvement was seen as necessary to implement the suggested improvements, either through an incentive system for extraction similar to carbon trading or via enforcement of total metals accumulation and loading limits.

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