Uranium Mining: Environmental and Human Health Effects

  • Dale Dewar


Focussing on the mining of uranium and its subsequent milling and refining operations, this chapter presents a highly critical review of the few known and many unknown effects of the nuclear industry upon the environment and the health of humans. As the effects will persist for as long as the wastes from the process, the chapter concludes with questions about the role of uranium mining in the long range of pollution with ionizing radiation.


Cancer Environmental Effects Health Effects Mining Waste Radon Uranium Yellowcake 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.WynyardCanada

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