Uranium Fact Sheets on the Web
May 24, 2008
Southwest Research and Information Center
I. Uranium Fact Sheet
Institute for Energy and Environmental Research – “Uranium: Its Uses and Hazards”
II. Laguna Pueblo Uranium Curriculum
Uranium Mining and its Impact on Laguna Pueblo: A Study Guide for an Interdisciplinary Unit,
July 21, 1998
III. Uranium Overviews from Wise Uranium Project
Uranium Mining and Milling Wastes: An Introduction, by Peter Diehl
WISE Uranium Project – Slide Talk: Uranium Mining and Milling
– Uranium mining and milling basics
– Environmental impacts
– Health hazards for miners and residents
– Uranium mill tailings hazards and reclamation
– Tailings dam stability
www.wise-uranium.org includes pages for uranium sites around the world among other material.
IV. Environmental Protection Agency Uranium Fact Sheet
V. Uranium Mining documents from USEPA Technology Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials
Uranium Mining Wastes page – http://www.epa.gov/rpdweb00/tenorm/uranium.html
Includes TENORM from Uranium Mining Reports
In 2008, EPA updated and re-released a two-volume technical report on uranium mining TENORM wastes, Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials from Uranium Mining, Volumes 1 and 2:
Volume 1; Mining and Reclamation Background provides background information on the occurrence,
mining, and reclamation of uranium mines – http://www.epa.gov/rpdweb00/tenorm/pubs.html#402-r-08-005
Volume 2: Investigation of Potential Health, Geographic, and Environmental Issues of Abandoned Uranium Mines provides a general scoping evaluation of potential radiogenic cancer and environmental risks posed by abandoned uranium mines – http://www.epa.gov/rpdweb00/tenorm/pubs.html#402-r-08-005ii
VI. Uranium and Radium Human Health Fact Sheets – 2 pages
Uranium Human Health Fact Sheet? Radium Human Health Fact Sheet – Argonne National Laboratories
– What is it?
– Where does it come from?
– How is it used?
– What’s in the Environment?
– What Happens to It in the Body?
– What Are the Primary Health Effects?
– What Is the Risk?
VII. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATDR) – as 2 page fact sheets as well as detailed Public Health Statement and voluminous Toxicological Profile for a wide range of metals and radionulides.
Two page ToxFAQs fact sheets related to potential hazards at uranium mines and mills include:
TOXFAQs all use a similar outline, such as:
ATSDR Public Health Statements and toxicological profiles for Radon are at:
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp145.html#bookmark05 – ATSDR Full Toxicological Profile on Radon
VIII. Selected Uranium Related-materials on the Southwest Research and Information Center Web Site: Additional materials available related to renewable energy, nuclear safety, mining and waste management and community development.
Uranium Health and Environmental Research in Diné Communities
– Brief History of Uranium Development in Diné communities
– Pathways of Exposure
– Review of Uranium Health Studies
– workers, general population, livestock, environment
– Case Study — Outdoor Radon in Church Rock
Southwest Research and Information Center – Uranium Mining and Milling: A Primer
Uranium developments in Southwest US – AZ and NM; Mt. Taylor Traditional Cultural Property Petition, Uranium and the 1872 Mining Law
Navajo Nation Legislation
Dine Natural Resources Protection Act of 2005
From the SRIC Newsletter Voices From The Earth:
New Uranium Boom Threatens Communities
The New U Boom: Speculation or Serious Development?
Need or Greed? Uranium Prices and Demand
Uranium Price Rise…Still No Need for New Mines
Uranium…the problems continue
Reclaiming the Land: History of Uranium Mill Tailings Clean-up – full report listed below
Environmental Justice Principles
Uranium Mill Tailings Remediation Performed by the US DOE: An Overview
– UMTRAP and Uranium Mill Tailings Information Sources on the Internet
– Characteristics of Uranium Mill Tailings and the Hazardous Materials They Contain
– UMTRAP Uranium Mill Tailings Sites Before and After Remediation
– DOE’s UMTRAP Project is a Unique and Significant Example of a Complete Radioactive Waste Management Program
– Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (UMTRCA) and Associated Implementing Regulations
– Summary of UMTRAP Performance After 25 Years of Effort
– Ground Water Remediation and UMTRAP
– Cost of UMTRAP Uranium Mill Tailings Remediation
– Projected Cost of Long-Term Surveillance and Maintenance at UMTRAP Sites
– DOE Policy Developments Related to Uranium Mill Tailings Since 2000
– Appendix A – Tables and Figures
– Appendix B – Photographs of UMTRAP Sites
– Appendix C – Summary of NRC Criteria Adopted to Implement the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act
Radiation Exposure Compensation Program
In 1990, the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) was signed into law by President George Bush. The law established one time payments of $100,000.00 to uranium miners who suffered a compensable disease. On July 10, 2000, President Clinton signed the RECAA amendments that expanded the program to include uranium millers and ore transporters. Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) of 2000 also included an additional $50,000.00 and medical benefits for uranium workers approved under RECA.
If you or a deceased relative of yours worked in the uranium industry between 1942 and 1971, you may be eligible for benefits under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.
Radiation Exposure Compensation Act: Frequently Asked Questions
X. Uranium Market
Uranium Market Home page – INFOMINE
Uraniumletter International – “Uranium Price Remains on the Move,” July, 2006 – 20 pp.
“Blighted Homeland” – Four-part series on uranium problems in Navajo Country
Southwest Research and Information Center News Links Focussed on Uranium
See Community-Oriented Uranium Information Sites
XII. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) – Uranium Licensing Overviews
Materials from NRC-National Mining Association April- May 2008 meeting
Updates and NRC posting anticipated by June 1, 2008
XIII. Community-Oriented Uranium Information Sites
WISE Uranium Project
Western Mining Action Network
Indigenous Environmental Network
XIV. Uranium Policy Statements and Resolutions
All Indian Pueblo Council and Navajo Nation Resolutions
XV. Atomic Posters
Anti-Uranium Poster, 1978 (Spanish)