URANIUM ORE CONCENTRATE
URANIUM FUEL CYCLE
URANIUM FORMATION IN EASTERN GOBI, MONGOLIA
Today, to benefit humankind, radiation is used for generating electricity but also in space exploration, food safety or medicine. In Mongolia, activity involving radiation occurs in six sectors, according to the Nuclear Energy Commission:
- Healthcare: X-rays are one of the most common uses of radiation. Radiation therapy uses the energy from ionizing radiation to destroy cancer cells;
- Food and agriculture: killing bacteria and viruses and sterilizing food packaging;
- Geology and mining: determining the age of geological formations;
- Education and Sciences: determining the age of historical or prehistoric artifacts;
- Environment: water and air pollution studies;
- Industry: quality control of materials, detecting the presence of various gases in the atmosphere (e.g. fire detectors).
THE URANIUM INDUSTRY – A REGULATED ACTIVITY
Mongolian State policies support increased exploration of natural radioactive mineral resources. Their objective is to improve the quality of exploration, mining and processing activities and to develop high-tech technologies to produce valued-added products.
All “radioactive mineral resources’ deposits are classified as strategically important without regard to their size” according to the Nuclear Energy Law of Mongolia, and the Mongolian State Policy on Radioactive Mineral Resources and Nuclear Energy.
The Nuclear Energy Commission of Mongolia has signed memorandums of understanding with France, Japan, India, the Czech Republic, USA, Russia, China, Canada and South Korea for cooperation in the radioactive mineral resources sector and the nuclear energy industry to develop Mongolian expertise in the field.