Technical Documents and Training Materials
The IAEA TECDOC on “Project on Review of Remediation Plans and Activities for Uranium Mining and Milling Sites” and associated training materials provide guidance for the relevant authorities on what they should expect to see contained within a remediation plan for legacy sites and how they should review and ultimately approve such plans. This guidance may also be used for older facilities that are still operating, where remediation will eventually be required as part of the decommissioning process, and for legacy sites from the mining and processing of radioactive minerals other than uranium ore.
The TECDOC and associated training materials focus primarily on the review of remediation plans for legacy sites. Such sites are associated with exploration for uranium ore and its subsequent mining and processing, and vary from small scale exploratory boreholes and shallow pits to larger scale open pit or underground mining operations complete with processing facilities and large tailings management areas.
Although targeted at the relevant authorities, the TECDOC will also be useful for facility operators and policy makers, as well as public interest groups. On the basis of this TECDOC, 24 Power Point presentations with lecture notes and 3 exercises were elaborated.
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All developed materials follow the attached scheme:
Technical Meeting to present and review the draft technical document and training materials on “Review of Remediation Plans and Activities for Uranium Mining and Milling Sites” (TM- TM-49515), IAEA, Vienna, 9 – 13 March 2015.
Regional Training Workshops
The First Regional Training Workshop on Review of Remediation Plans and Activities for Uranium Mining and Milling Sites (TR-48455) for English-speaking African countries took place from 21-25 Sept 2015 in Lilongwe, Malawi.
In the Regional Training Workshop participated twenty five participants from 10 IAEA Member States: Botswana (1), Kenya (2), Malawi (6), Namibia (2), Nigeria (2), South Africa (2), Sudan (2), United Republic of Tanzania (2), Zambia (2) and Zimbabwe (2). In addition 3 external experts from Canada, Germany and Netherlands as well as one IAEA staff member participated in the Training Workshop.
The workshop was welcomed and very successful in transferring knowledge on remediation of legacy mining and milling sites, including but not limited to uranium production. This workshop also served as an opportunity for participating countries to exchange and share information on their national status.
The Second Regional Training Workshop on Review of Remediation Plans and Activities for Uranium Mining and Milling Sites (TR-49589) for French-speaking African countries took place from 12-16 Oct 2015 in Rabat, Morocco.
In the Regional Training Workshop participated nineteen participants from 8 IAEA Member States: Cameroun (2), Central Africa Republic (2), Congo (2), Gabon (1), Mali (2), Morocco (6), Niger (2) and Senegal (2). In addition 3 external experts from France participated in the Training Workshop.
Overall, the course was very successful and timely as mentioned in the feedback questionnaires. Participants left the training with a good understanding of the different steps to be taken towards the elaboration of a remediation plan in a simple and not expensive manner and how to find out other sources of information. This workshop also served as an opportunity for participating countries to exchange and share information on their national status. Everybody agreed that the exercises as well as the opportunities to exchange information among the participants and with the lecturers had bene highly useful; the workshop was experienced as having taken place in a “friendly/good willing and relaxed climate”.
Regional Meeting on Prevention of future legacy sites in Uranium mining and processing (TM-52562) took place from 14-15 December 2015 in Vienna and was held in conjunction with Project B.2. The meeting was organized specifically for senior management representatives from African Member States from the nuclear regulatory body and/or any other national competent authorities who participate in the governmental policy decision making process.
The purpose of the meeting was to provide senior governmental decision makers in African Member States that have uranium mining and milling facilities, either in planning or in operation, with the information needed for establishing sound policies, regulatory frameworks and infrastructure to achieve sustainable levels of safety compatible with the requirements of the IAEA Safety Standards and with the objective to prevent future legacy sites.
In the Regional Meeting participated twelve participants from 9 IAEA Member States: Cameroon (1), Congo (1), Gabon (1), Madagascar (1), Malawi (1), Mali (2), Niger (2), Tanzania (1) and Uganda (2). In addition 3 external experts from Australia, Canada and United State as well as one IAEA staff member participated in the Regional Meeting.
It was noticed that African Member States should fast-track the establishment of a policy framework for uranium mining including the elaboration of a national strategy, legislation addressing the authorization of uranium (and nuclear) activities, and appropriate regulations supporting that legislation in order to reduce risk associated with these activities and prevent uranium legacy situations. African Member States recognized the importance of gaining the commitment of decision makers and, ultimately, their governments, to establish their policy, legal and regulatory frameworks and concluded that it would be necessary that their efforts to encourage action from within their organizations should be complemented by continued efforts by the IAEA to bring the matter the attention of Ministers.