Burying the Nuclear Past

by John R. D'Antonio, Operations Group Leader; UMTRA Project, DOE, 5301 Central NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108,
Jack A. Caldwell, (M.ASCE), Manager, Engineer; Jacobs Engineering Inc., 5301 Central NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108,
G.R. Thiers, Principal Geotechnical Engineer; Knudsen Engrg. Inc., 180 Howard St. San Francisco, CA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1987, Vol. 57, Issue 2, Pg. 55-57

Document Type: Feature article


The Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Program involves reclaiming 24 tailings piles. The work is done in terms of Federal Legislation to prtect the environment and people from the potential long-term health impact of radon gas from the piles. Remedial work usually involves consolidating tailings and windblown contaminated soils in a suitable location, and covering the pile with a radon barrier of compacted clay, and an erosion protection layer of sand and rock. Three examples of work in progress or recently completed are Canonsburg, Pennsylvania; Shiprock, New Mexico; and Lakeview, Oregon.

Subject Headings: Consolidated soils | Compacted soils | Mine wastes | Piles | Soil pollution | Remediation | Radon | Uranium | United States | Pennsylvania | New Mexico | Oregon

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