Press release
Paris, 28 September 1999


NEA publishes a new report on environmental activities in uranium mining and milling

Environmental activities in uranium mining and milling are becoming increasingly important all over the world due to: the stricter requirements for new facilities being imposed by many countries in the form of environmental clearance approvals; the large number of uranium production facilities which have been taken out of operation recently; and, the restoration and reclamation measures that are being considered for many old sites which have been closed permanently.

The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency jointly with the International Atomic Energy Agency, recognising the world-wide interest that exists on this issue, have produced this report which provides an overview of uranium-related environmental activities in 29 countries. The report discusses environmental and safety activities related to the closure and remediation of formerly utilised sites; the operation, monitoring and control of producing sites; and the planning, licensing and authorisation of new facilities. It includes an overview of the reported interests of specialists working in the field, including: sensitivity of ecosystems, environmental impact assessment, emissions to air and water, work environment, radiation safety, waste handling, decommissioning, site restoration, and environmental regulations.

Environmental Activities in Uranium Mining and Milling
OECD, Paris, 1999 - ISBN 92-64-17064-2

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