Uranium mill tailings (UMT) are a high volume, low specific activity radioactive waste typically disposed in surface impoundments. This review focuses on research on UMT and related earth materials during the past decade relevant to the assessment of: (1) mineral hosts of radionuclides; (2) the use of soil analogs in predicting long-term fate of radionuclides; (3) microbial and diagenetic processes that may alter radionuclide mobility in the surficial environment; (4) waste-management technologies to limit radionuclide migration; and (5) the impact of UMT on biota.
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Uranium mill tailings: Nuclear waste and natural laboratory for geochemical and radioecological investigations|
|Series title||Journal of Environmental Radioactivity|
|Contributing office(s)||Toxic Substances Hydrology Program|
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