V.I. Golik, Dr. Sci. (Eng.), Prof., firstname.lastname@example.org Yu.I. Razorenov, Dr. Sci. (Eng.), Prof., Rector FGBOU VPO «North-Caucasian State Technological University», Vladikavkaz, Russia
The article purpose — definition of the opportunities of the technology for leaching of uranium from the off-spec metal-containing raw materials in the dump from the point of view of safety improving of labour protection and ecology. The evidence methods include systemization and critical analysis of the publications on the involved subject, the results of the experimental studies executed for mining enterprises, retrospective assessment and scientific forecast. The analysis was made concerning the specifics of work with radioactive mineral raw materials in view of existence in its composition of the natural radionuclides of the number of uranium. The results are given related to the industrial experiment on leaching of the uranium from lean ores of one of the fields of the Northern Kazakhstan. Processing operations of the lean processed ores are detailed. Data on consumption of hazardous chemicals and auxiliary materials and leaching indicators in the dump are systematized. The technology of construction of the leaching dump with subsequent burial of secondary tailings at the place of dump location is described.
It is shown that even at full compliance with design procedure for leaching the content of metals in leaching tailings remains rather high to use them in the finished products. Tailings remain the lean more dangerous in circulation, and their leaching in the dump does not solve the problem of wastelessness and radical increase in completeness of subsoil use. The forecast is made concerning the possibility of obtaining the ways of extraction of metals from off-spec resources, which are the tailings of extraction and processing.
Leaching of metals in the dump does not solve the problem of safety increasing of mining for live substance, and complicates radical processing of the stocks preserving value for perspective methods of deep processing. Therefore this technology cannot be considered as resource-saving and nature protection.
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