Uranium Mining in Niger: Life in the Vicinity of the Uranium Mines – SPIEGEL ONLINE

All links in the nuclear chain are toxic…from uranium mining to Sellafield

AGR Daily News Service

A massive hill, made up of 35 millions tons of waste material from the mine, is visible from the northwestern edge of Arlit. Although the uranium has already been extracted from the material, it retains 85 percent of its radiation, stemming from substances like radium and thorium, which have half-lives measured in thousands of years. The waste material lies there, uncovered, exposed to the desert winds. Residents grow tomatoes and lettuce between the waste dump and the city.

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