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Uranium Mining

Volume 7 Number 6 November/December 2008

Groundwater was involved in the formation of many large uranium ore deposits, and increasingly groundwater (fortified with other compounds) is being used to mine them using in-situ leaching methods. Uranium mining in the 20th century left a legacy of surface water and groundwater contamination that is still being dealt with today. Water quality standards for uranium were not enacted until after mining began, which means insufficient or no background data were collected to serve as baseline remediation goals. Love it or hate it (there doesn’t appear to be a middle ground), uranium mining is on the increase in the Southwest.

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