Mining Activities

Mining, processing, and the use of coal, natural gas, phosphate rock, and rare earth deposits result in the concentration and release or disposal of large amounts of low-level radioactive material (UNSCEAR 1977). Coal-fired power plants release as much radioactivity (radon) to the environment as nuclear facilities, and the fly ash residue contains low levels of several natural radioisotopes. Natural gas is one of many radon sources in the environment. Phosphate rock always has associated natural radioisotopes; in many cases, tailings from phosphate operations have levels above those allowed by the

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