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Project Information

Project Information


Uranium Mining in Virginia


Project Scope:

Uranium mining in the Commonwealth of Virginia has been prohibited since 1982 by a state moratorium, although approval for restricted uranium exploration in the state was granted in 2007. A National Research Council study will examine the scientific, technical, environmental, human health and safety, and regulatory aspects of uranium mining, milling, and processing as they relate to the Commonwealth of Virginia for the purpose of assisting the Commonwealth to determine whether uranium mining, milling, and processing can be undertaken in a manner that safeguards the environment, natural and historic resources, agricultural lands, and the health and well-being of its citizens. In particular, the study will:

1) Assess the potential short- and long-term occupational and public health and safety considerations from uranium mining, milling, processing, and reclamation, including the potential human health risks from exposure to “daughter” products of radioactive decay of uranium.

2) Review global and national uranium market trends.

3) Identify and briefly describe the main types of uranium deposits worldwide including, for example, geologic characteristics, mining operations, and best practices.

4) Analyze the impact of uranium mining, milling, processing, and reclamation operations on public health, safety, and the environment at sites with comparable geologic, hydrologic, climatic, and population characteristics to those found in the Commonwealth. Such analysis shall describe any available mitigating measures to reduce or eliminate the negative impacts from uranium operations.

5) Review the geologic, environmental, geographic, climatic, and cultural settings and exploration status of uranium resources in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

6) Review the primary technical options and best practices approaches for uranium mining, milling, processing, and reclamation that might be applicable within the Commonwealth of Virginia, including discussion of improvements made since 1980 in the design, construction, and monitoring of tailings impoundments (“cells”).

7) Review the state and federal regulatory framework for uranium mining, milling, processing, and reclamation.

8) Review federal requirements for secure handling of uranium materials, including personnel, transportation, site security, and material control and accountability.

9) Identify the issues that may need to be considered regarding the quality and quantity of groundwater and surface water, and the quality of soil and air from uranium mining, milling, processing, and reclamation. As relevant, water and waste management and severe weather effects or other stochastic events may also be considered.

10) Assess the potential ecosystem issues for uranium mining, milling, processing, and reclamation.

11) Identify baseline data and approaches necessary to monitor environmental and human impacts associated with uranium mining, milling, processing, and reclamation.

12) Prepare a non-technical public dissemination document of the committee’s report.

 

 

 

 


By addressing these questions, the study will provide independent, expert advice that can be used to inform decisions about the future of uranium mining in the Commonwealth of Virginia; however, the study will not make recommendations about whether or not uranium mining should be permitted nor will the study include site-specific assessments.

Status: Completed

PIN: DELS-BESR-09-06

Project Duration (months): 32 month(s)

RSO: Feary, David



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 01/24/2011

Paul A. Locke - (Chair)
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

PAUL A. LOCKE, an environmental health scientist and attorney, is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Division of Toxicology. He holds an MPH from Yale University School of Medicine, a DrPH from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and a JD degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law. Dr. Locke’s research and practice focus on how decision makers use environmental health science and toxicology in regulation and policy-making and how environmental health sciences influence the policy-making process. His areas of study include designing and evaluating radiation protection initiatives and radiation policies, especially in the areas of low dose radiation science, radon risk reduction, safe disposal of high level radioactive waste, and use of CT as a diagnostic screening tool. Dr. Locke directs the School’s Doctor of Public Health program in Environmental Health Sciences. Dr. Locke was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board from 2003 to 2009, and has served on five National Research Council committees. He is also a member of the editorial boards of Risk Analysis: An International Journal and the International Journal of Low Radiation and is on the Board of Directors of the NCRP (National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements). He is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and New Jersey, the District of Columbia, the Southern District Court of New York and the United States Supreme Court.
Corby G. Anderson
Colorado School of Mines

CORBY ANDERSON is the Harrison Western Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Anderson is an expert in the fields of mineral processing, waste minimization and recycling, has an extensive background in industrial-oriented research, and has more than 30 years of academic and applied experience in mining, metallurgical, energy, chemical, environmental, and materials engineering. Dr Anderson serves on the Board of Directors of both Golden Phoenix Minerals, Inc. and of Getty Copper Inc., where he serves as President and COO. During his tenure as the Director of the Center for Advanced Mineral and Metallurgical Processing at Montana Tech, he was contracted to work on many global projects by mining companies, regulatory agencies, federal agencies, state agencies, and environmental organizations. He has been engaged as an expert witness in litigation both for and against mining companies. In 2008 he received the Milton Wadsworth Award from SME for his contributions to advance the field of chemical metallurgy, and he is also a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and of the Insitute for Materials, Minerals and Mining. Dr. Anderson holds a Ph.D. in Mining Engineering - Metallurgy from the University of Idaho, as well as a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters degree in Metallurgical Engineering.
Lawrence W. Barnthouse
LWB Environmental Services, Inc.

LAWRENCE W. BARNTHOUSE is the President and Principal Scientist of LWB Environmental Services, Inc. His consulting activities include 316(b) demonstrations for nuclear and non-nuclear power plants, Superfund ecological risk assessments, Natural Resource Damage Assessments, risk-based environmental restoration planning, and a variety of other projects involving close interactions with regulatory and resource management agencies. Dr. Barnthouse has authored or co-authored more than 90 publications relating to ecological risk assessment. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Hazard/Risk Assessment Editor of the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and Founding Editorial Board Member of the new journal Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management. He has served on the National Research Council Board of Environmental Studies and Toxicology and on several National Research Council committees, and was a member of the peer review panel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Guidelines for Ecological Risk Assessment. Dr. Barnthouse holds a PhD in biology from the University of Chicago.
Paul D. Blanc
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

PAUL D. BLANC is Professor in Residence and Endowed Chair of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Blanc also has secondary appointments to the Department of Anthropology and Department of Clinical Pharmacy. His current research interests include the epidemiology of occupational lung disease, asthma outcomes, and occupational toxicology. He is a fellow at the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Blanc previously served on the NRC Committee on Review the NIOSH Respiratory Disease Program. He has an M.S.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health and his M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Blanc is a contributing editor to the American Journal of Industrial Medicine and serves as the University of California designee to the Scientific Review Panel on Toxic Air Contaminants for the Air Resources Board of the State of California.
Scott C. Brooks
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

SCOTT C. BROOKS is Senior Scientist in the Environmental Sciences Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Brooks’ research focuses on the interplay between geochemistry, microbiology, and hydrology, and how this interplay influences the fate, transformation, and movement of chemicals in groundwater and soil. He has conducted numerous laboratory and field experiments studying these processes, with a focus on heavy metals and radionuclides, at spatial scales ranging from the molecular to kilometer. He has Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia.
Patricia A. Buffler
University of California, Berkeley

PATRICIA BUFFLER (IOM) is professor of epidemiology and holds the Kenneth and Marjorie Kaiser Chair in Cancer Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Buffler’s research interests include the environmental causes of cancer, especially gene-environment interaction and childhood cancer, lung cancer, leukemia, brain cancer, and breast cancer; epidemiologic research methods; and the uses of epidemiologic data in health policy. She has served on numerous committees of the National Research Council, including the Committee on Health Risks from Exposure to Low Levels of Ionizing Radiation, and Committee on Emerging Issues and Data on Environmental Contaminants. Dr. Buffler was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1994. She received a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Michel Cuney
CNRS

MICHEL CUNEY is director of the research team, Genesis and Management of Mineral Resources for the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) at the Henri Poincaré Universite in Nancy, France. He has worked mainly on the geochemistry of uranium in various geological environments since 1972. He has visited and/or worked on most major uranium deposits of the world, and has published about 180 scientific papers in this disciplinary area. Dr. Cuney is one of the world's experts on the genesis of uranium deposits and uranium geology, and he will provide invaluable insights concerning mining techniques that would be used to extract uranium from deposits in Virginia as well as the possible effects on the local environment. Dr. Cuney received his Docteur es Sciences (Ph.D.) degree from Henri Poincaré Universite.
Peter L. deFur
Environmental Stewardship Concepts

PETER L. DEFUR is President of Environmental Stewardship Concepts, LLC (ESC), an independent private consulting firm in Richmond, Virginia. He is also an affiliate Associate Professor at the Center for Environmental Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University where he conducts research on environmental health and ecological risk assessment. Dr. deFur has over thirty years’ experience providing technical services regarding the cleanup of contaminated sites to community organizations across the country. Dr. deFur received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the College of William and Mary, and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Calgary.
Mary R. English
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

MARY ENGLISH is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment, The University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She is a social scientist who is familiar with the environmental effects of mining and related regulatory issues. Her work has focused on energy and environmental policy and has included research on mechanisms for involving stakeholders in public policy decisions, how "the community" should be defined within the context of community-based environmental efforts, information-gathering and analytic tools to improve environmental decision making, and guidance on conducting socioeconomic impact assessments. She previously served on the NRC Board on Radioactive Management as well as the NRC Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology. Dr. English has a M.S. from the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Keith N. Eshleman
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

KEITH N. ESHLEMAN is a Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science based at the Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg, Maryland. Dr. Eshleman's professional expertise is in the field of watershed hydrology, having completed his Ph.D. in Water Resources at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985. Dr. Eshleman also holds a B.A. degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia (1978) and an S.M. degree in Civil Engineering from M.I.T. (1982). Dr. Eshleman has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and dozens of technical reports in his career and is co-author of an undergraduate textbook entitled Elements of Physical Hydrology (with former colleagues from the University of Virginia, where Dr. Eshleman served on the faculty from 1988 through 1995). Dr. Eshleman's research interests are in the areas of watershed and wetlands hydrology, groundwater/surface water interactions, biogeochemical processes in upland and wetland ecosystems, hydrochemical modeling, and ecosystem responses to disturbance and land use change. Recent research projects have focused on the hydrological impacts of acid deposition, forest disturbances, and surface mining activities in the Appalachian Mountain region.
R. W. Field
University of Iowa College of Public Health

R. WILLIAM FIELD is a Professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health and in the Department of Epidemiology, University of Iowa College of Public Health. He also serves as Director of the Occupational Epidemiology Training Program, at the NIOSH-Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety, and Director of the Pulmonary Outcomes Cluster, NIEHS - Environmental Health Sciences Research Center (EHSRC). Dr. Field has been active in numerous national and international collaborative radiation-related epidemiolgic projects for many years and has served on the editorial boards of several national and international scientific journals.. His research interests fall into the broad categories of environmental epidemiology, occupational epidemiology, radioepidemiology, cancer epidemiology, immune-mediated disease epidemiology, health physics, biomonitoring, risk perception, and novel methods of retrospective exposure assessment. Dr. Field received his Ph.D. in preventive medicine and environmental health from the University of Iowa.
Jill Lipoti
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

JILL LIPOTI is Director of the Division of Environmental Safety and Health at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Prior to assuming this position, she was an Assistant Director with responsility for directing the state’s radiation protection programs. Dr. Lipoti also serves as adjunct assistant professor, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, specializing in radiation exposure, and preparedness for chemical and radiological emergencies. She has provided advice to the International Atomic Energy Agency regarding radiation safety and security, and has served on the Radiation Advisory Committee of EPA’s Science Advisory Board. She has M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in environmental science from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Henry Schnell
Areva, Inc.

HENRY A. SCHNELL holds the position of Technical Authority (Senior Expert) in the Expertise & Technical Department, Mining Business Unit, with AREVA NC Inc., In his role as Technical Authority for uranium, he is responsible for review and support of existing operations and new projects world wide, and for final technical authorization of plant design and modifications. Mr. Schnell has 41 years of experience in management, plant operations, plant design, engineering, and research and development in mining and ore treatment, and 21 years of this has been specializing in uranium metallurgy, operations, and mining projects. He has a B.S. (Honours) degree from the University of Alberta, Edmonton and other extensive training in metallurgy and project management.
Jeffrey J. Wong
California Environmental Protection Agency

JEFFREY J. WONG is Chief Scientist for the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) at the California EPA. This department's activities include environmental measurements, biological and exposure monitoring, toxicology and risk assessment, and green chemistry and pollution prevention. Before his current appointment Dr. Wong served as chief of DTSC's Human and Ecological Risk Division. He served by presidential appointment on the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board from 1996 until 2002. Dr. Wong has served on several National Academies committees, including the Committee on Risk-Based Approaches for Disposition of Transuranic and High-Level Radioactive Waste, the Committee on Environmental Remediation at Naval Facilities, the Committee on Remedial Action Priorities for Hazardous Waste Sites and the Panel for Review of the DOE Environmental Restoration Priority System. Dr. Wong received his Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of California at Davis.

Committee Membership Roster Comments

Note (08-30-2010): The bio-sketches of the following committee members have been updated: Corby Anderson, Scott Brooks, and Jeffrey Wong.

Note (01-24-2011): New members, Paul D. Blanc and Keith N. Eshleman, added.

Note (08-17-2011): Due to other unanticipated committments, Dr. J. Ruiz resigned from the committee as he was unable to participate in committee activities.


Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Disclosure of Conflict of Interest: Henry Schnell

In accordance with Section 15 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the "Academy shall make its best efforts to ensure that no individual appointed to serve on [a] committee has a conflict of interest that is relevant to the functions to be performed, unless such conflict is promptly and publicly disclosed and the Academy determines that the conflict is unavoidable." A conflict of interest refers to an interest, ordinarily financial, of an individual that could be directly affected by the work of the committee. As specified in the Academy's policy and procedures (http://www.nationalacademies.org/coi/index.html), an objective determination is made for each provisionally appointed committee member whether or not a conflict of interest exists given the facts of the individual's financial and other interests and the task being undertaken by the committee. A determination of a conflict of interest for an individual is not an assessment of that individual's actual behavior or character or ability to act objectively despite the conflicting interest.

We have concluded that for this committee to accomplish the tasks for which it was established its membership must include among others, at least one person who has practical experience with and expertise in uranium mining and processing methods.


To meet the need for this expertise and experience, Mr. Henry Schnell is proposed for appointment to the committee even though we have concluded that he has a conflict of interest because he works for AREVA NC Inc, a company with worldwide business interests that include uranium exploration, mining, processing, and mine reclamation.

As his biographical summary makes clear, Mr. Schnell has over 40 years of experience in research and development in mining and ore treatment methods, including 21 years specializing in uranium mining, operations, and processing. This experience and expertise is critical to the ability of the committee to fulfill its task. In addition, AREVA Inc. no longer mines uranium in the United States. We believe that Mr. Schnell can serve effectively as a member of the committee and that the committee can produce an objective report, taking into account the composition of the committee, the work to be performed, and the procedures to be followed in completing the work.

After an extensive search, we have been unable to find another individual with the equivalent experience and technical expertise as Mr. Schnell who does not have a similar conflict of interest. Therefore, we have concluded that this potential conflict is unavoidable.

Events



Location:

Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
3001 Atlantic Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Courtney Gibbs
Contact Email:  cgibbs@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2743

Agenda
Public Briefing

Report on Uranium Mining in Virginia

The National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council will hold a briefing to present the findings of its recently released report,
Uranium Mining in Virginia, and take questions from the public.

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. ET

For more information, e-mail news@nas.edu or call 202-334-2138.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown
501 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Courtney Gibbs
Contact Email:  cgibbs@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2743

Agenda
Public Briefing

Report on Uranium Mining in Virginia

The National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council
will hold a briefing to present the findings of
its recently released report,
Uranium Mining in Virginia,
and take questions from the public.

Friday, March 30, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. ET

For more information, e-mail news@nas.edu or call 202-334-2138.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

The Boar’s Head Inn
200 Ednam Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Courtney Gibbs
Contact Email:  cgibbs@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2743

Agenda
Public Briefing

Report on Uranium Mining in Virginia

The National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council
will hold a briefing to present the findings of
its recently released report,
Uranium Mining in Virginia,
and take questions from the public.

Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. ET

For more information, e-mail news@nas.edu or call 202-334-2138.

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks
11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
Fairfax, VA 22033
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Courtney Gibbs
Contact Email:  cgibbs@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2743

Agenda
Public Briefing

Report on Uranium Mining in Virginia

The National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council
will hold a briefing to present the findings of
its recently released report,
Uranium Mining in Virginia,
and take questions from the public.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. ET

For more information, e-mail news@nas.edu or call 202-334-2138.

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Institute Conference Center
150 Slayton Ave., Danville, Va.

Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Courtney Gibbs
Contact Email:  cgibbs@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2744

Agenda
Public Briefing

Report on Uranium Mining in Virginia

The National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council
will hold a briefing to present the findings of
its recently released report,
Uranium Mining in Virginia,
and take questions from the public.

Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. ET

Institute Conference Center
150 Slayton Ave., Danville, Va.
(Near intersection of Route 29 and Route 58)

For more information, e-mail news@nas.edu or call 202-334-2138.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Way, Irvine, CA 92617
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Courtney Gibbs
Contact Email:  cgibbs@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202.334.2744

Agenda
The meeting is closed in its entirety. Only committee and staff of the National Research Council will be present.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Paul Locke
Corby Anderson (by teleconference for part of meeting)
Larry Barnthouse (by teleconference for part of meeting)
Paul Blanc
Scott Brooks
Michel Cuney
Peter deFur
Mary English
Keith Eshleman
William Field
Jill Lipoti (by teleconference for part of meeting)
Henry Schnell
Jeff Wong

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Report status, and additional writing requirements and schedule.
Report findings and conclusions.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
September 15, 2011
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Radisson Hotel, 405 Twentieth Street East, Saskatoon
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Courtney Gibbs
Contact Email:  cgibbs@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2744

Agenda
Registration Required for all open sessions.

Meeting of the
COMMITTEE ON URANIUM MINING IN VIRGINIA
Board on Earth Sciences and Resources
Division on Earth and Life Studies
National Research Council of the National Academies


June 6-9, 2011

Radisson Hotel Saskatoon
405 Twentieth Street East,
Saskatoon Saskatchewan S7K 6X6, Canada
Ph: (306) 665-3322


Day 1: Monday June 6, 2011

OPEN SESSION - 9:30 am – 5:00 PM
(Due to size constraints, registration for public participation in the mine and processing facility tours was required and has been filled. Transportation to mine sites is the responsibility of the individual traveler and not the National Research Council)

9:30 PM Bus from Rabbit Lake airstrip to mine

10:00 AM Tour of Rabbit Lake mine and processing facility

4:00 PM Bus to McClean Lake

Overnight at McClean Lake accommodation

Day 2: Tuesday June 7, 2011

OPEN SESSION - 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

8:00 AM Mine and Mill Tour of McClean Lake mine and processing facility

3.00 PM Bus to Rabbit Lake airstrip



Day 3: Wednesday June 8, 2011

CLOSED SESSION – 8:00 am- 12:20 pm – COMMITTEE AND STAFF ONLY

12:20 pm -5:00 pm OPEN SESSION – Registration Requested – Da Vinci Ballroom

12.20 pm Welcome and Introductions Paul Locke
Committee Chair

12:30-1:00 Uranium Mining Methods and Best Practices Hugh B. Miller
Colorado School of Mines

1:00-1:30 Uranium tailings impoundment practices Dirk van Zyl
University of British Columbia

1:30-2:30 Regulating Mines and Mills in Canada Kevin Scissons
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
2:30-3:00 Provincial environmental regulation affecting mining Tim Moulding
Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

3:00-3:30 Role of the public health department in assessment/ Dr. James Irvine
monitoring of uranium development Medical Health Officer
Population Health Unit, Athabasca Health Authority,
Keewatin Yatthe and Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region
(VIA CONFERENCE CALL)

3:30-4:00 Break

4:00-4:30 Broad/high level overview of Saskatchewan geology and the regulatory
environment Gary Delaney, Saskatchewan Chief Geologist

4:30-5:00 Safety with respect to mine operations James Keil
Saskatchewan Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Radiation


CLOSED SESSION – 5:00 pm- 8:30 pm – COMMITTEE AND STAFF ONLY

Day 4: Thursday June 9, 2011
8:30 am -12:00 pm OPEN SESSION – Registration Requested – Da Vinci Ballroom

8:30-9:00 Canadian Regulation of Uranium Mining and Theresa McClenaghan
Milling - An Overview Canadian Environmental Law Association
9:00-9:30 Corporate Social Responsibility Richard Gladue
AREVA Resources Canada Inc.
VP Corporate Social Responsibility
9:30-10:00 BREAK

10:00-10:30 Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Dale Huffman
AREVA Resources Canada Inc.
10:30-11:00 Transportation of Uranium Products Wayne Summach
Program Manager, Emergency Preparedness
Cameco Corporation
11:00-11:30 Saskatchewan approach to decommissioning, with particular Dave Hiller
reference to Cluff Lake mine decommissioning. AREVA Resources Canada Inc.
11:30-12:00 Public Comment period – Sign-up Required

CLOSED SESSION – 12:00 pm- 8:00 pm – COMMITTEE AND STAFF ONLY
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Paul Locke
Corby Anderson
Paul Blanc
Scott Brooks
Michel Cuney
Mary English
Keith Eshleman
William Field
Jill Lipoti
Henry Schnell
Jeff Wong

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Final meeting planning.
Report findings and conclusions.
Report status and additional writing requirements and schedule.


The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Nil

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
June 21, 2011
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Boulder
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Courtney Gibbs
Contact Email:  cgibbs@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2744

Agenda
Working Tentative Agenda

Meeting of the
COMMITTEE ON URANIUM MINING IN VIRGINIA
Board on Earth Sciences and Resources
Division on Earth and Life Studies
National Research Council of the National Academies


March 23-25, 2011

St. Julien Hotel
900 Walnut Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 720-406-9696 | 1-877-303-0900

Registration for Open Session Requested
Contact Courtney Gibbs at cgibbs@nas.edu or 202-334-2743

Day 1: Wednesday March 23, 2011 Xanadu Ballroom

CLOSED SESSION – 8:00 am- 10:00 am – COMMITTEE AND STAFF ONLY
10:00 am -2:30 pm OPEN SESSION – Registration Requested - Xanadu Ballroom

Welcome and Introductions Paul Locke

10: 15 am Hugh Miller, Colorado School of Mines
11:15 Tom Johnson, Colorado State University

12:15 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Jon Samet, USC Institute for Global Health (via Conference Call)
2:15 TBD, Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, invited
3:00 Paul Robinson, Southwest Research and Information Center

3:45 Open Comment Period
{Sign-up list for public comments is available and those who have signed-up will be given priority; comments will be time-limited}

CLOSED SESSION – 4:15 pm- 8:30 pm – COMMITTEE AND STAFF ONLY

Day 2: Thursday March 24, 2011

8:30 am-6:00 pm ALL DAY CLOSED SESSION [Committee and Staff Only]

Day 3: Friday March 25, 2011
8:30 am-1:00 pm ALL DAY CLOSED SESSION [Committee and Staff Only]

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Paul Locke
Corby Anderson
Paul Blanc
Patricia Buffler
Michel Cuney
Peter deFur
Mary English
Keith Eshleman
William Field
Jill Lipoti
Henry Schnell
Jeff Wong

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Next meeting planning, invited speakers, and travel arrangements
Report elements, outline, and writing assignments
Report conclusions



The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Nil

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
April 13, 2011
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Richmond Marriott
500 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Courtney Gibbs
Contact Email:  cgibbs@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2744

Agenda
Tentative Agenda

Meeting of the
COMMITTEE ON URANIUM MINING IN VIRGINIA
Board on Earth Sciences and Resources
Division on Earth and Life Studies
National Research Council of the National Academies


February 6-8, 2011

Richmond Marriott
500 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219


Day 1: Sunday February 6, 2011
CLOSED SESSION – 8:45 am- 8:30 pm – COMMITTEE AND STAFF ONLY

Day 2: Monday February 7, 2011

CLOSED SESSION – 7:45 – 10:00 am

10:00 am -12:00 pm OPEN SESSION [Please Register in advance] SALON A-B-C-D

10:00 am Welcome and Introductions

10:15 am Uranium Mining – Concerns of Downstream Public Water Suppliers
Tom Leahy, City of Virginia Beach


10:45 am A Preliminary Look at the Setting and Geochemistry of the Coles Hill U Deposit
James S. Beard, Virginia Museum of Natural History

11:15 Basic Principles Essential to Uranium Study: Principles of Best Technology, ISO 9000 Certifications, and Zero Pollution Goals to Make Uranium Mining Better
Thomas A Pakurar
Hands Across the Lake

11:45 Committee Question/Answer Session with Invited Speakers


CLOSED SESSION FOR LUNCH – 12:00 PM-1:00 PM



OPEN SESSION – 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Salon A-B-C-D

1:00 pm Virginia Mining Regulatory Program - An Overview Conrad Spangler
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy

1:30 pm Title TBD David A. Johnson
Director, Dept. of Conservation and Recreation

2:00 pm Environmental Regulations Pertaining to Uranium Mining
David K. Paylor
Department of Environmental Quality

2:30 pm Committee Question/Answer Session with Virginia Agency Representatives



3:15 PM – 6:00 PM CLOSED SESSION (Committee and Staff Only)


5:00 pm Doors Open and Public Comment Sign-up Begins
(First come, first serve, in person basis)

6:00 – 9:00 pm OPEN SESSION – TOWN HALL MEETING ROOM - SALON A-B-C-D
Light Refreshments Served

6:00 pm Introduction and Welcome Paul Locke and David Feary

6:15 pm The National Research Council – An Introduction David Feary

6:20 pm Open Comment Period – Sign-up Required
**Signup is required and comment time is limited to 3 minutes. Total number of speakers limited to approximately 50.


Day 3: Tuesday February 8, 2011

8:30 am-1:00 pm CLOSED SESSION [Committee and Staff Only]


This meeting is being held to gather information to help the committee conduct its study. This committee will examine the information and material obtained during this, and other public meetings, in an effort to inform its work. Although opinions may be stated and lively discussion may ensue, no conclusions are being drawn at this time; no recommendations will be made. In fact, the committee will deliberate thoroughly before writing its draft report. Moreover, once the draft report is written, it must go through a rigorous review by experts who are anonymous to the committee, and the committee then must respond to this review with appropriate revisions that adequately satisfy the Academy's Report Review committee and the chair of the NRC before it is considered an NRC report. Therefore, observers who draw conclusions about the committee's work based on today's discussions will be doing so prematurely.

Furthermore, individual committee members often engage in discussion and questioning for the specific purpose of probing an issue and sharpening an argument. The comments of any given committee member may not necessarily reflect the position he or she may actually hold on the subject under discussion, to say nothing of that person's future position as it may evolve in the course of the project. Any inference about an individual's position regarding findings or recommendations in the final report is therefore also premature.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Paul Locke
Corby Anderson
Larry Barnthouse
Paul Blanc
Scott Brooks
Michel Cuney
Peter deFur
Mary English
Keith Eshleman
William Field
Jill Lipoti
Henry Schnell
Jeff Wong

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Upcoming Meeting Schedule, structure, and Invited Speakers
Report Outline and Structure
Existing and New Writing Assignments
Report conclusions


The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Nil

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
March 14, 2011
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Institute Conference Center
150 Slayton Avenue
Danville, VA 24540

Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Courtney Gibbs
Contact Email:  cgibbs@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2744

Agenda
Tentative Agenda

Meeting of the
COMMITTEE ON URANIUM MINING IN VIRGINIA
Board on Earth Sciences and Resources
Division on Earth and Life Studies
National Research Council of the National Academies


December 13-15, 2010

Institute Conference Center
Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
150 Slayton Avenue
Danville, VA 24540
(434)766-6777


Day 1: Monday December 13, 2010

CLOSED SESSION – 7:45 - 8:30 AM

8:30 am -12:00 pm OPEN SESSION [Please Register in advance] ROOM 101

8:30 am Welcome and Introductions

8.45 am Contingency Planning and Regulatory Preparedness: Assessing Virginia's Readiness
Cale Jaffe and Robert G. Burnley, Southern Environmental Law Center

9:15 am The Piedmont Environmental Council’s perspective on the NRC Virginia Uranium Mining Committee’s task
Todd Benson, Piedmont Environmental Council

9:45 am A Study of Uranium Mining in Virginia: Identifying Gaps in Knowledge, Technology and Regulation
Katherine Mull, Dan River Basin Association

10:15-10:30 am BREAK

10:30 am Title TBA Andrew Lester, Roanoke River Basin Association

11:00 am Title TBA Ray Ganthner. Virginia Energy Independence Alliance

11:30 am The Coles Hill Uranium Deposit: Overview and Future Development
Patrick Wales, Virginia Uranium Inc.

CLOSED SESSION FOR LUNCH 12:00 PM-1:00 PM


OPEN SESSION 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

1:00 pm Title TBA Norm Reynolds, Virginia Energy Resources

1:30 pm A preliminary look at the setting and geochemistry of the Coles Hill U deposit
James S. Beard Virginia Museum of Natural History

2:00 pm Uranium Occurrences and Distribution in Virginia
William Lassetter,
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

2:30-3:00 PM BREAK

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM CLOSED SESSION (Committee and Staff Only)

5:00 Doors Open and Sign-up Begins

6:00 - 9:00 PM OPEN SESSION – TOWN HALL MEETING
Light Refreshments Served

6:00 PM Introduction and Welcome Paul Locke and David Feary

6:15 PM The National Research Council – An Introduction David Feary

6:20 PM Open Comment Period – Sign-up Required
Signup is required and comment time is limited to 3 minutes

9:00 PM Adjourn

Meeting of the
COMMITTEE ON URANIUM MINING IN VIRGINIA
Board on Earth Sciences and Resources
Division on Earth and Life Studies
National Research Council of the National Academies


December 13-15, 2010

Institute Conference Center
Institute for Advanced Learning
and Research
150 Slayton Avenue
Danville, VA 24540
(434)766-6777


Day 2: Tuesday December 14, 2010

CLOSED SESSION – 7:45 – 10:00 am – COMMITTEE AND STAFF ONLY

OPEN SESSION – 10:00 am - 10:45 am

10:00 am Welcome and Introductions

10:15 am Recent geoscience research at Virginia Tech related to the Coles Hill uranium deposit and uranium resources in Virginia
Robert Bodnar, Virginia Tech

CLOSED SESSION – 10:45 am - 5:30 pm – COMMITTEE AND STAFF ONLY



Day 3: Wednesday December 15, 2010

CLOSED SESSION – 7:45 AM-1:00 PM – COMMITTEE AND STAFF ONLY

This meeting is being held to gather information to help the committee conduct its study. This committee will examine the information and material obtained during this, and other public meetings, in an effort to inform its work. Although opinions may be stated and lively discussion may ensue, no conclusions are being drawn at this time; no recommendations will be made. In fact, the committee will deliberate thoroughly before writing its draft report. Moreover, once the draft report is written, it must go through a rigorous review by experts who are anonymous to the committee, and the committee then must respond to this review with appropriate revisions that adequately satisfy the Academy's Report Review committee and the chair of the NRC before it is considered an NRC report. Therefore, observers who draw conclusions about the committee's work based on today's discussions will be doing so prematurely.
Furthermore, individual committee members often engage in discussion and questioning for the specific purpose of probing an issue and sharpening an argument. The comments of any given committee member may not necessarily reflect the position he or she may actually hold on the subject under discussion, to say nothing of that person's future position as it may evolve in the course of the project. Any inference about an individual's position regarding findings or recommendations in the final report is therefore also premature.

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Paul Locke
Corby Anderson
Larry Barnthouse
Scott Brooks
Michel Cuney
Peter deFur
Jill Lipoti
Henry Schnell
Jeff Wong

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Upcoming Meeting Schedule and Invited Speakers
Report Outline and Structure
Initial Writing Assignments


The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Nil

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
December 28, 2010
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Melrose Hotel
Potomac Room I & II
2430 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20037
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Courtney Gibbs
Contact Email:  cgibbs@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2744

Agenda
DRAFT AGENDA (Subject To Change)

Meeting of the
COMMITTEE ON URANIUM MINING IN VIRGINIA
Board on Earth Sciences and Resources
Division on Earth and Life Studies
National Research Council of the National Academies

November 15-16, 2010

Melrose Hotel – Potomac Room I & II
2430 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037

Day 1: Monday, November 15, 2010 ROOM POTOMAC I & II

8:00 am -1:30 pm CLOSED SESSION [Committee and NRC Staff Only]

1:30 pm-4:30 pm OPEN SESSION

1:30-1:45 pm Welcome and Introductions

Federal Agency Presentations

1:40 pm Uranium Recovery Regulations and Operations of Conventional Mills
William von Till, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

2:40 pm Structure & Function of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA): Emphasis on Occupational Health Hazards at Uranium Mines
Jim Weeks, Mine Safety and Health Administration


3:10-3:30 pm BREAK


3:30 pm Occupational Health and Safety of Uranium Mining
Larry J. Elliot, National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety

4:00 pm Open Comment Period
{Sign-up list for public comments is available and those who have signed-up will be given priority; comments will be time-limited}

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm CLOSED SESSION



Day 2: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 ROOM POTOMAC I & II

8:00 am -11:00 am OPEN SESSION

8:00-9:00 am Breakfast in meeting room

9:00-9:10 am Welcome and Introductions

9:10 am Some Public Health Perspectives on Uranium Mining
Charles W. Miller, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

9:40 am Title TBA Katie Sweeney, National Mining Association

10:10am Title TBA
Geoffrey Fettus, Natural Resources Defense Council

10:40-11:00 am BREAK

11:00-11:30 am Open Comment Period
{Sign-up list for public comments is available and those who have signed-up will be given priority; comments will be time-limited}
11:30 am-5:30 pm CLOSED SESSION [Committee and NRC Staff Only]

This meeting is being held to gather information to help the committee conduct its study. This committee will examine the information and material obtained during this, and other public meetings, in an effort to inform its work. Although opinions may be stated and lively discussion may ensue, no conclusions are being drawn at this time; no recommendations will be made. In fact, the committee will deliberate thoroughly before writing its draft report. Moreover, once the draft report is written, it must go through a rigorous review by experts who are anonymous to the committee, and the committee then must respond to this review with appropriate revisions that adequately satisfy the Academy's Report Review committee and the chair of the NRC before it is considered an NRC report. Therefore, observers who draw conclusions about the committee's work based on today's discussions will be doing so prematurely.
Furthermore, individual committee members often engage in discussion and questioning for the specific purpose of probing an issue and sharpening an argument. The comments of any given committee member may not necessarily reflect the position he or she may actually hold on the subject under discussion, to say nothing of that person's future position as it may evolve in the course of the project. Any inference about an individual's position regarding findings or recommendations in the final report is therefore also premature.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Paul Locke
Corby Anderson
Scott Brooks
Michel Cuney
Peter deFur
Mary English
Jill Lipoti
Henry Schnell

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Future meeting schedule and speakers
Report structure and initial writing assignments

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Nil

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
November 17, 2010
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Courtney Gibbs
Contact Email:  cgibbs@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2744

Agenda
Meeting of the
COMMITTEE ON URANIUM MINING IN VIRGINIA
Board on Earth Sciences and Resources
Division on Earth and Life Studies
National Research Council of the National Academies

October 26-27, 2010

Keck Center
National Research Council
500 Fifth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001

Day 1: Tuesday October 26, 2010 ROOM 100

8:00 am -12:30 pm CLOSED SESSION [Committee and NRC Staff Only]


12:30 pm-5:30 pm OPEN SESSION [Limited Seating - Registration Recommended]

12:30-1:30 pm LUNCH

1:30-1:40 pm Welcome and Introductions

Sponsor Presentation
1:40 pm “Sponsor Hopes and Expectations – Sponsor Perspective on the
Committee’s Task” R. Lee Ware, Virginia House of Delegates
Michael Karmis – Virginia Tech

Federal Agency Presentations
2:40 pm “EPA's Regulatory Responsibilities for Uranium Mining and Milling”
Loren Setlow – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

3:40-4.00 pm BREAK

4:00 pm “Management of DOE Uranium Leasing Program”
David Geiser – U.S. Department of Energy

4:30 pm “DOE long-term surveillance and maintenance program for the uranium mill sites” David Geiser – U.S. Department of Energy

5.00-5.30 pm Open Comment Period
{Sign-up list for public comments is available and those who have signed-up will be given priority; comments will be time-limited}

5.30 pm ADJOURN



Day 2: Wednesday October 27, 2010 ROOM 101 – (*Note room change)

8:00 am -12:00 pm OPEN SESSION [Limited Seating - Registration Recommended]

8:00-8:30 am Breakfast in meeting room

8:30-8:40 am Welcome and Introductions

Federal Agency Presentations
8:40 am “The Uranium Market: A National and Global Perspective”
Scott Sitzer* – DOE-Energy Information Administration and Jim Otton – U.S. Geological Survey
(*Presenter)

9:10 am “Uranium Deposit Models and Geologic Characterization of Uranium in Virginia” Jim Otton – U.S. Geological Survey
9:40-10:00 am BREAK

10:00 am “Environmental geochemistry at the earliest stages of mine development with a special emphasis on Coles Hill” Bob Seal – U.S. Geological Survey

10:30 “Fate of contaminants in uranium mining and milling environments”
Ed Landa – U.S. Geological Survey
11:00 “Water Resources in the Piedmont of Virginia”
Dave Nelms – U.S. Geological Survey
5.00-5.30 pm Open Comment Period
{Sign-up list for public comments is available and those who have signed-up will be given priority; comments will be time-limited}

12:00-1:00 pm LUNCH

1:00 pm-5:30 pm CLOSED SESSION [Committee and NRC Staff Only]


This meeting is being held to gather information to help the committee conduct its study. This committee will examine the information and material obtained during this, and other public meetings, in an effort to inform its work. Although opinions may be stated and lively discussion may ensue, no conclusions are being drawn at this time; no recommendations will be made. In fact, the committee will deliberate thoroughly before writing its draft report. Moreover, once the draft report is written, it must go through a rigorous review by experts who are anonymous to the committee, and the committee then must respond to this review with appropriate revisions that adequately satisfy the Academy's Report Review committee and the chair of the NRC before it is considered an NRC report. Therefore, observers who draw conclusions about the committee's work based on today's discussions will be doing so prematurely.
Furthermore, individual committee members often engage in discussion and questioning for the specific purpose of probing an issue and sharpening an argument. The comments of any given committee member may not necessarily reflect the position he or she may actually hold on the subject under discussion, to say nothing of that person's future position as it may evolve in the course of the project. Any inference about an individual's position regarding findings or recommendations in the final report is therefore also premature.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Joaquin Ruiz (by teleconference; part meeting only)
Paul Locke
Larry Barnthouse
Scott Brooks
Peter deFur
Mary English
William Field
Henry Schnell
Jeff Wong

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Bias and Conflict of Interest
Committee Members expertise and expertise requirements
Future meeting schedule and speakers
Report structure and preliminary writing assignments
Committee interactions with media and the public

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Nil

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
October 28, 2010
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Publications