URANIUM IN ARIZONA
URANIUM OCCURS NATURALLY IN THE NORTHERN AREA OF THE STATE. Uranium occurs naturally in the northern area of the state and is found in granite rock formations that cover the State. Uranium is most commonly found in rocks and minerals that contain uranium dioxide (UO2) or uranium trioxide (UO3), although it can also be found as uranium oxide (U3O8), uranium hexafluoride (UF6) and other chemical compounds. The most common uranium minerals are uraninite, pitchblende, carnotite, autunite, uranophane, brochantite, and coffinite.
In 1975, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created a program to track and control uranium in drinking water. This program, the Uranium Monitoring and Reporting (Uranium M&R) rule, required water treatment and public water system facilities to monitor and report the level of uranium in drinking water.
Most of the uranium ore produced from breccia pipes in the Arizona district was processed at the White Mesa Mill. The mill started production in 1965 as a satellite mill of the Church Rock Mill. It was built to handle the ore from the Lavender Pit, which was mined from 1962 to 1964. The mill was constructed in the canyon near the mine. It was built on the site of a former uranium mill, the San Rafael Mill, which operated from 1956 to 1958. The first ore from the Lavender Pit arrived at the mill in January 1965. The ore was crushed to less than 2 inches and the uranium was extracted using the acid leach process from the oxidized ore. The mill was placed in standby status in 1982 and resumed operation
URANIUM IN COLORADO
Colorado is currently the 6th largest producer of uranium in the United States producing an average of 3,000 to 4,000 short tons of uranium per year. In the past, nearly 90% of the uranium produced in Colorado was used for the U.S. nuclear weapons program. The remaining uranium concentrate was used in the production of electricity, the mining of other ores, and a variety of other commercial and industrial applications.
URANIUM IN NEBRASKA AND WYOMING
Santa Fe Minerals Corp. is pleased to announce the results of its recent uranium exploration program at its Santa Fe Springs Project in Nebraska.
In the 1960s, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) at the time, found a suitable area for uranium ore mining in southeastern Nebraska. The government began buying up the land from the ranchers who called it home, and by 1971, the government had spent more than $100 million to buy land rights in the area to mine uranium.
The United States is a world leader in uranium production, and Wyoming is the number one uranium producing state. The nation's largest uranium mines are all located in Wyoming. The Wyoming mining industry is the second largest in the state by value of production, trailing only the agriculture industry. Uranium is a critical ingredient in the production of nuclear fuel, and nuclear power plants account for one-fifth of the nation's electricity.
Today's strong uranium market is allowing Wyoming and Nebraska operations to expand production capacity, provide jobs and a safe environment for future production of a reliable source of domestic energy.
URANIUM IN NEW MEXICO
THE GRANTS URANIUM REGION
The Grants Uranium Region lies in the northwestern part of central New Mexico, and encompasses the towns of Cimarron, Eagle Nest, and Bayfield. A bit of a “historical footnote,” the Grants Uranium Region was the source of uranium for the Manhattan Project.
RESOURCES ARE LARGE While the region is not believed to contain commercial uranium resources today, it is a unique place to visit for the Uranium Enthusiast. New Mexico is only the second state in the US to have a nuclear power plant. The Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station is located near Gila Bend, Arizona, and is the largest power producing nuclear plant in the United States.
URANIUM IN TEXAS
URANIUM OCCURS NATURALLY ALONG THE GULF COAST Uranium occurs naturally along the Gulf coast in Texas. The use of Uranium as a nuclear fuel or as a source of nuclear weapons has been debated by politicians and the media.
URANIUM IN UTAH
URANIUM IN SOUTHEASTERN UTAH OCCURS NATURALLY AND HAS BEEN A SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIC DRIVER IN THIS AREA OF THE STATE OVER HISTORY. Southeastern Utah is known for its scenic beauty, its wild land and wildlife, and its uranium deposits. Uranium mining began in the region in the 1940’s, when a large uranium deposit was discovered in the Creek Mountains.
TThe uranium from the Creek Mountains was milled in the nearby town of Blanding and processed into yellow cake. In the United States, uranium is produced as a by-product of the mining of other metals, such as vanadium, molybdenum, silver, gold and copper.
Uranium in southeastern Utah has been a significant economic driver in this area of the state over history. The local mining industry has provided high paying jobs to many families in the area, as well as tax revenues and other economic benefits.
The local economy is also benefiting from the recent growth of solar energy in the state, as local companies are supplying the technology for solar panels and other components for the projects."
THROUGH CONVENTIONAL UNDERGROUND MINING AND MILLING.
The Utah Mining Association (UMA) is the united voice of the Utah uranium mining industry. UMA represents the livelihoods of the 5,000 miners, millers, truck drivers, and other professionals who keep Utah's legacy of uranium mining alive. UMA is a voluntary organization, and no dues are charged to be a member. We are an organization of individuals who are committed to the safe and environmentally responsible mining of uranium in Utah. The goal is to use this blog post to educate the community about a new process of uranium mining, called conventional underground mining and milling. To start, it's important to know how uranium is mined today, and what the future of uranium mining looks like.