Over the weekend we alerted you to the incident in Niger where more than 200,000 litres of radioactive sludge from three cracked waste pools has leaked into the environment at the SOMAIR uranium mine, operated by French energy company AREVA. Here are some photos of the spill (all copyright Aghir in'Man).
The pools are the storage pools for liquid effluents from the uranium milling process (this is where the uranium is extracted from the ore). These materials are also called liquid tailings. The tailings dam has collapsed and the effluents are leaking into the surroundings.
© Aghir in'Man
Justin McKeating has been blogging the meltdown of the nuclear industry for Greenpeace International since 2008. He is based in Brighton, UK.
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