Conservation and recycling of waste materials is an important part of operations for both environmental and economic reasons. Ongoing recycling programs include in-plant recycling of hydrofluoric acid and the sale of ammonium nitrate byproduct for use as commercial fertilizer.
There are several process streams in the conversion process which result in low levels of natural uranium materials. These materials are suitable for use as alternative feed for uranium mills and are sent on for further processing to recover the uranium.
Port Hope's waste management program attempts to collect, clean, monitor and, if necessary, cut to acceptable sizes all scrap material before releasing it to commercial recycling agencies. Material that cannot be recycled, or does not meet strict release guidelines, is either incinerated, drummed, stored on site or, in some instances, processed further and combined with a uranium-bearing product. The material being stored is primarily insulation, sand, soil, and scrap metal and will remain in storage until a future recycle or disposal route is identified.
PORT HOPE CONVERSION FACILITY
The Port Hope conversion facility...
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