Mining of Uranium

  • Uranium Mining Overview

    Uranium Mining In the last fifty years uranium has become one of the world's most important energy minerals. It is used almost entirely for making electricity, though a small proportion is used for the important task of producing medical isotopes.

  • World Uranium Mining Production

    Around two-thirds of the world's production of uranium from mines is from Kazakhstan, Canada and Australia. After a decade of falling mine production to 1993, output of uranium has generally risen since then and now meets 85% of demand for power generation.

  • In Situ Leach Mining of Uranium

    Most uranium mining in the USA and Kazakhstan is now by in situ leach methods.  In USA ISL is seen as the most cost effective and environmentally acceptable method of mining, and Australian experience supports this.

  • Environmental Aspects of Uranium Mining

    In most respects the environmental aspects of a uranium mine are the same as those of other metalliferous mining. Most uranium mines in Australia and Canada have ISO 14001 certification. The uranium itself has a very low level of radioactivity, comparable with granite.

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