Thursday, November 18, 2010

Processing of uranium ores at White Mesa uranium mill

A very telling video about uranium mining, all the uranium dust will kill you in the end with lung cancer!
Comment:  Some info on uranium mill and mining in Utah!  Uranium mill also processes other states uranium waste: "Processing of alternate feed material " which is pure poison!

Utah DEQ invites comment on proposed license changes for White Mesa mill tailings cell 4B

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is soliciting comments on its proposed modifications to the existing Ground Water Quality Discharge Permit and an amendment to the Denison Mines (USA) Corp. Radioactive Materials License (RML UT1900479).
Public comments are invited any time prior to 5:00 p.m. on May 10, 2010.
> Download Public Notice of a Modification to the Groundwater Discharge Permit No. UGW37004 and an amendment to Radioactive Materials License No. UT1900479, April 6, 2010 (PDF - Utah DEQ)
> Download related documents (Utah DEQ)

Denison maintains that White Mesa mill is not the cause of excess nitrate and chloride concentrations found in groundwater at the mill site

A Contamination Investigation Report prepared by Intera on behalf of Denison Mines (USA) Corp. finds that "The nitrate and chloride are extensive and appear to originally come from the same source", but "That source is upgradient of the Mill property more than 1.2 miles from the Mill facilities, is not the result of Mill activities and was not caused or contributed to in any manner by Mill activities."
> Download Nitrate Groundwater Contaminant Investigation Report, Dec. 30, 2009 (Utah DEQ)

Groundwater Permit Renewal 2009
On Sep. 1, 2009, Denison Mines (USA) Corp. submitted a groundwater permit renewal application for its White Mesa Mill.
> Download permit renewal application Sep. 1, 2009 (UT DEQ)

State regulator seeks public comment on proposed modifications to White Mesa mill groundwater permit (Utah)

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is soliciting comments on its proposed modifications to the existing Ground Water Quality Discharge Permit No. UGW370004 of the White Mesa mill in Blanding.
Public comments are invited any time prior to 5:00 p.m. on October 8, 2009.
> Download Public Notice Aug. 27, 2009 (PDF - Utah DEQ)
> Download draft permit and supporting documents (Utah DEQ)

License Renewal 2007
On Feb. 28, 2007, Denison Mines (USA) Corp. submitted a license renewal application for its White Mesa Mill.
> Download license renewal application Feb. 28, 2007 (UT DEQ)

Processing of uranium ores at White Mesa uranium mill (Utah)

White Mesa mill halts processing of uranium ores
Denison Mines President Ron Hochstein said that Denison's White Mesa Mill, the nation's only operating uranium mill, has ceased its regular milling operations for the remainder of 2009. "We will stop processing conventional ore through 2009, but will be processing alternate feedstock on a reduced scale, and we'll be laying off some personnel," said Hochstein. "Our costs are higher than the current spot price." (Telluride Daily Planet May 9, 2009)

Denison exceeds number of permitted truckloads hauling uranium ore from San Miguel County (Colorado) to White Mesa mill (Utah)

Denison Mines Corporation still has the only operating uranium mill in the country, and it is still pulling ore from just one place: San Miguel County. And according to San Miguel County officials, the company is hauling more than they agreed to in their permit.
Mike Rozycki, the county planner, said that the uranium company has exceeded the maximum number of 12 truckloads of ore per day outlined in their permit. Rozycki said that there had been a "misunderstanding," and that the company believed that the maximum number was an average, and that days with less traffic allowed them to haul more at other times. "We put them on notice that we thought there was a violation," said Rozycki. "We had issues and concerns, and we will have a public hearing when they submit their amendment to the permit." (Norwood Post Sep. 3, 2008)

IUC announces reopening of uranium mines

On June 14, 2006, International Uranium Corp. announced the re-opening of its U.S. uranium/vanadium mines. Mining activity will commence immediately and mined ore will be stockpiled at the Company's wholly-owned White Mesa uranium/vanadium mill in southeastern Utah.
The properties are in three distinct mining districts:
Colorado Plateau: IUC intends to immediately commence mining activities at the Pandora, Topaz, Sunday and St. Jude mines. This will be followed by two additional mines in the Colorado Plateau region in early 2007. All of IUC's mines on the Colorado Plateau are fully permitted.
Henry Mountains area: plans are to complete the permitting on the Tony M mine with production slated for late spring 2007. Development of the Bullfrog property will begin in the spring of 2007 and production is projected to begin mid-year 2008.
Arizona Strip district: IUC will also review and revise the engineering estimates for the fully permitted Arizona 1 Mine with development scheduled to begin early 2007 and production beginning in late summer 2007.
Based on current mine production schedules, processing of the ore would begin late fourth quarter 2007 or first quarter 2008, depending upon securing additional alternate feed material and third party ore. In the initial year, IUC anticipates producing approximately 3.4 million pounds of U3O8 [1308 t U] and 5.9 million pounds of vanadium, thereafter, averaging between 1.5 and 2 million pounds per year of U3O8 and vanadium. (IUC June 14, 2006)

Processing of alternate feed material at White Mesa uranium mill (Utah)

Utah to put environmental files online
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Processing of Fansteel residues as alternate feed at White Mesa mill
On Feb. 2, 2007, the Utah Radiation Control Board decided, 7-3, to uphold a permit granted in 2006 to the International Uranium Corp. for its Blanding mill by the state Division of Radiation Control for processing residues from FMRI Inc., in Muskogee, Okla. (Salt Lake Tribune Feb. 3, 2007)
> Download Hearing Transcript Jan. 26, 2007 (511k PDF)
> Download Hearing Transcript Feb. 2, 2007 (110k PDF)

On Sep. 8, 2006, the Utah Radiation Control Board cleared the way for the Glen Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club to challenge the "alternate feed" rule that allows the International Uranium Corp. mill to recycle material from FMRI Inc., in Muskogee, Okla.

Sarah M. Fields of the Sierra Club has said the Oklahoma material is not "alternate feed." It contains high radium concentrations - as much as 85 times the concentrations federal and state laws allow - so International Uranium should be regulated like a radioactive waste disposal site, she said. The material also contains large quantities of highly toxic contaminants - including cyanide, lead and tin - that require the site to be regulated as a hazardous waste facility, she said. (Salt Lake Tribune Sep. 13, 2006)

The Glen Canyon Group of the Sierra Club's nuclear-waste committee has filed a petition with the Utah Division of Radiation Control to stop the waste coming from FMRI Inc., in Muskogee, Okla., into Utah. (Deseret News July 19, 2006)

On June 13, 2006 the Utah Division of Radiation Control (DRC) has authorized the International Uranium Corporation (IUC) to receive and process alternate feed material from Ponds 2 and 3 of the FMRI's Muskogee Facility located in Muskogee, Oklahoma at IUC's White Mesa uranium mill facility located near Blanding in San Juan County, Utah.

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