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Remediation of Uranium Mill Tailings

  • Available for pre-order on June 26, 2023. Item will ship after July 17, 2023
ISBN 9781032352794
July 17, 2023 Forthcoming by CRC Press
208 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book covers issues pertaining to uranium tailings with special reference to consolidation of radioactivity including systematic ecological strategy for consolidation of radionuclides in uranium tailings. It discusses sustainable consolidation of radioactivity and check the migration of unextracted uranium from tailing piles to plants and atmosphere supported by case study from an uranium mine. It gives out simple ecological solutions for remediation of radioactivity in mill tailings.


  • Provides insight into application of applied ecology for bioremediation of radioactive wastes.
  • Discusses species selection criteria for tailings radioactivity consolidation.
  • Explains safe treatment of the radioactive ore processing plants tailings.
  • Illustrates role of ethnobotany in selection of most appropriate species to effectively use in bioremediation.
  • Focusses on experimental outcomes.

This book is aimed at researchers and professionals in mining engineering, applied geology, nuclear tailings, and environmental protection.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction

1.1  Distribution of Uranium mines across globe and their grading
1.2 Issues related to uranium mining & future prospects
1.3 Milling and processing of uranium ore
1.4 Overburden and tailings management and their restoration
1.5 Radioactivity consolidation in mine waste
Chapter 2.Ecological strategies for Consolidation

2.1 Identifying the nature and source of radioactive pollutants in uranium mill tailings
2.2 Pathways by which the pollutants may reach humans
2.3 Site selection and design options that may be implemented to facilitate disposal and/or control the extent of releases from the impoundment

Chapter 3. Physico- Chemical Analysis of Soil and Tailings

3.1 Physical and Chemical Properties of Soil and Tailings
3.2  Radionuclide Studies in Plants, Soil and Tailings

Chapter 4.Species selection for revegetation and consolidation of uranium tailings 

4.1 Ecological strategy & criteria for selection of species6
4.2 Root penetration and soil binding capacity

Chapter 5. Plant Growth Studies

Chapter 6. Radionuclide uptake in selected plant species for consolidation

6.1 Natural Uranium, Polonium and Radium in soil and tailing
6.2 Root shoot growth of selected plants

Chapter 7. Case Study: Uranium tailings in India

7.1 Case study area and selection of species
7.2 Aboveground and underground plant growth performance
7.3 Radionuclide Studies in Plants, Soil and Tailings
7.4 Natural Uranium in soil and tailing                      
7.5 Polonium in soil and tailings
7.6 Radium in soil and tailings
7.7 Radionuclides uptake study in plants

Chapter 8. Summary

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Prafulla Soni is a Forest Ecologist with more than 50 years of dedicated research in the field of restoration ecology, biodiversity and environmental conservation of degraded landscapes. Having training in watershed management, EIA and Environmental impact assessment in forests. Through the years she has been involved in planning, execution and coordination of research and consultancy projects on ecology and environment with particular reference to ecological restoration of derelict landscapes.

More than twenty research students have successfully completed under the supervision on various aspects of forest ecology. Restoration Technologies developed for opencast mined areas based on the ecosystem approach i.e. development of a stable self sustaining system using ecologically and socioeconomically viable plant species that assist in ecological maintenance of essential processes, restoration of biodiversity and sustainable utilization of species and ecosystems. The technology has been transferred to different mining companies according to their site-specific requirements in the mining sites as consultancy and through capacity building initiatives for senior executives and Government officials.

To share the field and research experiences invited by US Dept. of Interiors to present country in international symposium on degraded lands and visited France, Netherlands, U.S. and Australasian countries as representative for Forest Research Institute/Govt. of India. Prafulla has 140 research papers,four authored/edited books and various reports to her credit and is Life Member of Secretary Society of Indian Foresters, Indian Association of Soil & Water Conservationists, founder Member and President Center for Research Education Training Extension and Editor-in-Chief of an e Journal of Applied Forest Ecology.