Estimation of Long-Term Risk from Canadian Uranium Mill Tailings

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Abstract

A methodology is presented for assessing the risk from Canadian uranium mill tailings piles. The methodology is based on the “set of triplets” concept and uses an event tree to identify various scenarios representing the performance of a pile over its 1,000-year design life. Compartment-type mathematical models are used to quantify the movement of hazardous substances through the environment. Numerical examples are given of both “level 1” (straight probabilistic) and “level 2” (probability of frequency) type analyses.

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