Uranium milling in northern Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin: Past, present and future

CIM Journal, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2012
C. Edwards
Abstract Milling operations in northern Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin have produced uranium continuously since 1975. During that period, the Athabasca Basin has been one of the world’s premier uranium camps, yielding more than 660 million lb (299,370,964 kg) of U3O8. In this paper, the author describes former and current milling operations and discusses why and how the milling process has changed and developed over the past 35 years. The author’s considerations for the future of uranium extraction in the Athabasca Basin conclude the paper.
Keywords: Uranium, Milling, Saskatchewan, Athabasca Basin
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