A group of researchers from Pacific Northwest, Lawrence Berkeley and Sandia national laboratories have discovered a mineral that can absorb uranium from ground water. The researchers discovered the mineral, which is known as calcium apatite, at a former uranium mill in Colorado. The sponge-like mineral reduced the levels of uranium in groundwater significantly.
The project’s lead Mark Rigali, a geochemist from Sandia, stated that apatite technology was also found to decrease the concentration of molybdenum, vanadium and uranium in the groundwater at Colorado’s Rifle mine site…
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