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In the April 20, 2010 Monitor, the Sierra Club’s Mark Jones writes that renewed interest in uranium mining will benefit local economies but at a severe price. He enumerates a list of the health effects, the tardiness of uranium tailings remediation, the modeling of exposure to residual uranium tailings as a predictor of diabetes and kidney disease, groundwater contamination and the burden to the taxpayer. He then turns to the coal companies to criticize mine safety. The first uranium boom was driven by the requirements for nuclear weapons — nuclear energy generation came later.
We have no stock in uranium mining companies but we do actively support nuclear power generation as the most practical solution to the projected energy shortfall and we strongly disagree with the Sierra Club on the presentation of not-quite-accurate implications that sleight nuclear energy development. Hence, we attempt to provide some perspective on the health effects of uranium mining — there are no assertions, only facts that can be documented.
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