Characterization of the Impact of Uranium Mines on the Hydrological System in a Granitic Context: Example of the Limousin Area in France

  • Christian Andres
  • Charlotte Cazala
  • Emmanuel Ledoux
  • Jean-Michel Schmitt
Part of the Springer Geology book series (SPRINGERGEOL)


Uranium has been mined in the Limousin area (France) until the end of the 90s. Nowadays mines are closed and restored. Rehabilitation operations were devoted to assure the stability of land and infrastructures as well as to collect mine water and keep under control the radionuclide release into watersheds. Environmental monitoring is conducted by the operator (Areva-NC) under the control of the French administration. The present paper describes the methodology of investigation and the geochemical modeling approach that was developed on the Bellezane mining site where tailings are disposed of. This methodology and the corresponding modeling approach then proved to be adaptable to other tailings deposit sites.


Total Dissolve Solid Waste Rock High Total Dissolve Solid High Water Condition Underground Mining Work 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Andres
    • 1
  • Charlotte Cazala
    • 2
  • Emmanuel Ledoux
    • 3
  • Jean-Michel Schmitt
    • 1
  1. 1.BG MinesAreva NCVélizy-Villacoublay, ParisFrance
  2. 2.Institut de Radioprotection et de Sureté Nucléaire/DEI/SARG/BRNParisFrance
  3. 3.Centre de GéosciencesMines-ParisTechParisFrance

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