Zirovski vrh Uranium Ore Processing Production Center

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Last Updated: June 1, 2004
Other Name: Rudnik Urania Zirovski vrh, Zirovski vrh Uranium Mil
Location: Zirosky, 20 km Southwest of Skofja Loka, Slovenia
Subordinate To: formerly under the Ministry of Environment and Regional Planning; current authority is unclear, most likely the Ministry of Energy and Mines
Size: 90 to 120 ton uranium processing capacity
Facility Status: N/A

The production center, located next to the Zirovski mine, was completed in 1984, and operated from approximately 1984 until 1990. In totally the center produced approximately 452 tons of uranium ore concentrate from relatively low grade ore (less than .1% U3O8) that was excavated at the Zirovski mine. The facility consisted of a main process building, at least four other process buildings, solvent extraction and temporary disposal areas, and a truck loading site. In 1996 plans for permanently dismantling and disposing of uranium tailings as well as contaminate equipment were being developed.

Sources:
[1] "Operation of Nuclear Facilities - The Zirovski Vrh Mine," Slovenian Nuclear Safety Commission, 1995 www.sigov.si;
[2] "Nuclear Facilities and the Fuel Cycle," Paper submitted to the NEA Committeee for Technical and Economic Studies on Nuclear Energy Development and Fuel Cycle, NEA/NDC/(2002)16/ADD1, Government of Slovenia, 12-14 June 2002. p. 8.
[3] Igor Zabukovec, Zmago Logar, Stanko Arh, "Decommissioning of the Zirovski vrh Uranium Mill," Regional Meeting: Nuclear Energy in Central Europe 96, 1996, www2.ijs.si.

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