Barriers for radon in uranium mines by John C Franklin

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Published by Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Mines in [Washington] .

Written in English

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  • Radon,
  • Uranium mines and mining -- Safety measures,
  • Uranium mines and mining -- Shielding (Radiation),
  • Epoxy coatings

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Bibliography: p. 24

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Statementby John C. Franklin, Thomas O. Meyer, and Robert C. Bates
SeriesReport of investigations - Bureau of Mines ; 8259
ContributionsMeyer, Thomas O, Bates, Robert C, United States. Bureau of Mines
The Physical Object
Pagination[3], 24 p. :
Number of Pages24
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL14914861M

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Barriers for radon in uranium mines. [Washington]: Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, (OCoLC) Online version: Franklin, John C. Barriers for radon in uranium mines. [Washington]: Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, (OCoLC) Material Type: Government publication, National government publication: Document.

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Barriers for radon in uranium mines book emanation rates from uranium ore samples were. Water-based epoxy sealants were examined during a 2-year period to determine their effectiveness as barriers to radon release in uranium mines.

Radon emanation rates from uranium ore samples were monitored for extended periods in the laboratory before and after sealant application. Reduction of radon flux due to the coating of laboratory. Inside a Radioactive 'Health' Mine. There are only half a dozen radon health mines in the United States, and all six of them are located.

The application of polymeric coatings to uranium mine openings can prevent radon gas from entering the mine atmosphere, thereby reducing miners' exposure to radon daughter products.

Of the 46 coating materials tested on uranium ore samples, three were found to be pct efficient as radon barriers, and 22 materials were judged at least 50 pct.

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This paper presents an extensive literature review on the various sources of radon such as ore body, backfill mill tailings, broken ore and mine water in underground uranium mines. This review also comprehensively investigates the influence of intrinsic factors such as ore grade, Ra content, water content, porosity and surface area of the materials and the extrinsic Cited by: 5.

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same time as the present book File Size: 3MB. As would be expected, the problem of radon is greatest in uranium mines and particular precautions have to be taken in order to protect personnel from the development of lung cancers caused by the inhalation and possible alveolar retention of radon daughters.

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This paper presents an extensive literature review on the various sources of radon such as ore body, backfill mill tailings, broken ore and mine water in underground uranium mines.

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Environmental Radon Levels Close To and Far from Uranium Mines/Mills 10 Radon Levels in Underground Uranium Mines 10 Radon Levels in Homes in Different Parts of the Country CONCLUSIONS 13 GLOSSARY LIST OF ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS 14 REFERENCES LIST OF TABLES.

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Uranium Mines on the National Priorities List DOE Report on Costs of U.S. Uranium Mine Environmental Restoration. Geographic Analysis on the Location of Uranium Annual Exposure from Radon Decay Product Emissions from Model Uranium. INTRODUCTION. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas generated by the decay of uranium bearing minerals in rocks and soils.

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Kown V. Van der Mast K. L Ludwig Prepared under Contract No. Task No. 9 April Project Officer M. Gottlieb Office of Radiation Programs (ANR) U.S.

Environmental Protection Agency Washington, D.C. The radon emanation rate from the backfilled tailings was measured at 16 locations of the backfilled stopes using a cylindrical accumulator of 17 cm diameter and 30 cm height (∼7 L capacity) as shown in Fig. end of the accumulator was closed with a circular disk provided with a stopcock for sucking air samples into the scintillation cells through the filter paper to Cited by:   Radiation in uranium mines Uranium mines present another hazard to workers and to members of the public.

That is a radiation hazard. There are three types of exposure paths in the surrounding of uranium mine. 4Uranium mining and milling operations produce dust and gas (radon) having radioisotopes that are inhaled by miners and deliver Author: Arun Mitra. This is clipped from the the United States Bureau of Mines film, Radiation Protection in Uranium Mines, produced during the s.

Uranium mining occurred mostly in the southwestern United States. Nevertheless, high concentrations of radon also exist in non-uranium mines and caves, in various underground excavation works and other underground workplaces.

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The largest open pit called "Lichtenberg" is located near Ronneburg. Its initial depth was meters; after being partly refilled, the depth was still meters at an open volume of 80 million m 3 in After depletion of the ore deposits located near the surface, mining continued at this place to depths of.

In that case is it just the digging of the Uranium mines that put the workers at risk. Like you said the problem with radon gases arise when its inhaled. From what ive learned there were alot more risks for Uranium miners 50 years ago since they didnt take adequate precautions against radiation.

CONTENTS (continued) Methods for Preventing Radon From Entering the Ventilation Air Sealants Backfilling Bulkheads Mine Pressurization for Radon Control References Appendices A - List of Underground Uranium Mines B - Data for Use in Estimating Risks to Individuals Near Underground Uranium Mines C - Calculations on .Radon, Radium, and Uranium in Drinking Water - CRC Press Book Radon, Radium, and Uranium in Drinking Water 1st Edition.

C. Richard Cothern. Hardback $ eBook $ eBook Rental from $ CRC Press Published July 2, Reference - Pages ISBN - CAT# Lenvironmental contamination from uranium production facilities and their remediation proceedings of an international workshop on environmental contamination from uranium production facilities and their remediation organized by the international atomic energy agency and held in lisbon, 11–13 february international atomic energy agency.

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