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Title: Uranium mill tailings and radon

The major health hazard from uranium mill tailings is presumed to be respiratory cancer resulting from the inhalation of radon daughter products. A review of studies on inhalation of radon and its daughters indicates that the hazard from the tailings is extremely small. If the assumptions used in the studies are correct, one or two people per year in the United States may develop cancer as a result of radon exhaled from all the Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action program sites. The remedial action should reduce the hazard from the tailings by a factor of about 100.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6483832
Report Number(s):
SAND-80-2142(Rev.)
TRN: 81-009169
DOE Contract Number:
AC04-76DP00789
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (USA)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; 63 RADIATION, THERMAL, AND OTHER ENVIRON. POLLUTANT EFFECTS ON LIVING ORGS. AND BIOL. MAT.; DAUGHTER PRODUCTS; RADIATION HAZARDS; MILL TAILINGS; RISK ASSESSMENT; RADON; INHALATION; NEOPLASMS; REVIEWS; STANDARDS; DISEASES; DOCUMENT TYPES; ELEMENTS; FLUIDS; GASES; HAZARDS; HEALTH HAZARDS; INTAKE; ISOTOPES; NONMETALS; RARE GASES; SOLID WASTES; TAILINGS; WASTES 054000* -- Nuclear Fuels-- Health & Safety; 560151 -- Radiation Effects on Animals-- Man