Attenuation of Radon Flux From Uranium Mill Tailings by Consolidation

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A method is developed for predicting the effectiveness of consolidation of uranium mill tailings in reducing the releases of radon derived from decay of radium. The method is based upon a model of the diffusion process in terms of emanation coefficients and diffusivities, and provides for easy experimental evaluation of these parameters. From the model, the minimum effective depth of consolidated tailings can be predicted.

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