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I do not know if the following is true:  my father used to say that the only person on the mine who is assured of a new facility is the mill manager.  The reason my father gave is this: when you rework the concrete foundations of the mill you recovery so much gold that it pays for a new mill and turns a tidy profit.  Apparently, the old mill spilt so much solution that the concrete of the slabs and foundations of the mill were indurated with recoverable gold. (more…)

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The golden rule of investing in a junior mining company is to ask and satisfactorily answer the question: who owns & runs the company?  In reality, investors go for juniors because their story is simple; the time-line to profit short; and there is something exotic & mysterious about their ore body. (more…)

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Jump back to the proceedings of the 1979 Uranium Mill Tailings Management conference for the story of a tailings impoundment that was mis-managed and which, in consequence, failed. (more…)

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In the last week of May, folk will gather at this conference:  Remediation of Uranium Mining and Processing Sites – Sustainability and Long Term Aspects.   This is the part of the story that I know: (more…)

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On a joyous Sunday we would pile into the 1949 Mercury and head for the mine sand dumps. In the boot (trunk) of the car, we had stowed corrugated cardboard cut from old boxes. These precious pieces of cardboard we shaped, as best we understood, like sledges. My father regularly drove us out to those piles of golden sand, so soft and warm in the summer sun. And here we would spend happy hours climbing up the sand and sliding down, and climbing up and sliding down, until we were exhausted and covered in the golden sand. (more…)

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<br>Intermediate Overburden Heap.   <br>Photo August 2010. 

It is crass to take pleasure in the failure of arrogant people to achieve what they once bragged they would do.  Yet I cannot suppress a faint, incorrect spark of a smile when I read of the failure of the closure works at the Rum Jungle Uranium Mine, near Darwin, Australia.  (more…)

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Sunday and time to contemplate on religion.  Not necessarily the church type, rather the secular.  (more…)

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