April 15, 2013
* [uranium-fracking] Fracking for uranium, first accidentally, and now on purpose, John Upton, Grist
* Uranium is naturally trapped in the Marcellus shale, the fossil-fuel-laden rock formation popular with frackers that stretches from upstate New York through Pennsylvania to West Virginia and Ohio. We know the uranium is in there, and we know fracking sets it free, because scientists have been saying as much for years. Pennsylvania is finally launching a systematic study to measure uranium contamination caused by fracking. From Shale Reporter: The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection this month will begin testing for radioactivity in waste products from natural gas well drilling. In addition to analyzing wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, the study also will analyze radioactivity in drill cuttings, drilling mud, drilling equipment, treatment solids and sediments at well pads, wastewater treatment and disposal facilities and landfill leachate, among others. The study also will test radiation levels for the equipment involved in the transportation, storage and disposal of drilling wastes.
* From a February report in Forbes: [Uranium Energy Corp. CEO Amir] Adnani insists that he can close [America's] yellowcake gap through a technology that is similar to the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that has created the South Texas energy boom. Fracking for uranium isn't vastly different from fracking for natural gas. UEC bores under ranchland into layers of highly porous rock that not only contain uranium ore but also hold precious groundwater. Then it injects oxygenated water down into the sand to dissolve out the uranium. The resulting solution is slurped out with pumps, then processed and dried at the company's Hobson plant.
March 1, 2013
* [uranium mining] Rössing restructuring to see 276 jobs go, World Nuclear Assn, WNN Daily
Falling uranium demand and prices as well as increasing costs of electricity and water have caused Rössing Uranium to reduce its workforce by 276.
* [uranium-history] Too Dumb to Meter, Part 9, Kennedy Maize, POWERnews (thanx Nevada state ANP)
* As the book title Too Dumb to Meter: Follies, Fiascoes, Dead Ends, and Duds on the U.S. Road to Atomic Energy implies, nuclear power has traveled a rough road. In this POWER exclusive, we present the 16th and 17th chapters, "Uranium Rush and the New '49ers" and "Naked Shorts at Westinghouse," the first two chapters of the "False Scarcity and Fools for Fuels" section.
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The world needs more uranium
James L. Kelly, Ph.D. (prof - nuc engineering, U of Virginia), Danville Register and Bee, February 3, 2008
A proposed uranium mining operation in Pittsylvania, Virginia is opposed by groups with strong environmental concerns. One of them, Dr Kelly notes, is quoted as saying, "Right now we've got to educate people about the issue of uranium itself." Well, Kelly writes, "I wish they would, because the facts overwhelmingly support the use of nuclear power with uranium as its fuel."
April 6, 2006
* Uranium sales to proliferators free up other uranium for weapons programs
* [2006-03-02] Colombians caught trying to sell uranium in Bogota
December 22, 2003
* Honeywell (Metropolis IL) - UF6 release prompts evacuation of 1-mile radius
August 21, 2003
*Honeywell UF6 plant (Metropolis IL) - firefighting water supply found to be inoperable due to underground leak