Energy policy — nuclear: Colorado University grad student to map groundwater flow at Powertech’s Centennial Project

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From the Fort Collins Coloradoan (Bobby Magill):

CU master’s student Miori Yoshino is studying groundwater flow at Powertech’s Centennial Project site, a project she expects to be complete by the end of the year…

Yoshino said her study will look at only how groundwater flows directly above the uranium ore body at the mine site, but not beyond it. The study will involve “synthesizing modeling results and assessing potential impact on groundwater quality,” CU geological sciences professor Shemin Ge said. Yoshino said she will look at the horizontal flow of water to find out if the mining solution will be pulled down-gradient. She also will study the vertical flow of water at the mine site to find out if there is a connection between the aquifer above the uranium ore and the aquifer beneath it. As part of the study, she said she’ll try to learn how the geochemistry of the water in the underlying rock will be changed by the uranium mining. Yoshino is using data from five wells at the site. The data, she said, will be provided by Powertech.

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