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Technique for recovering uranium from sludge-like uranium-bearing wastes using hydrochloric acid

Ohashi, Yusuke ; Nomura, Mitsuo; Tsunashima, Yasumichi; Ando, Shion; Sugitsue, Noritake; Ikeda, Yasuhisa*; Tanaka, Yoshio 

Sludge-like uranium-bearing wastes generated from uranium refining and conversion R&D facilities are stored at the Ningyo-toge Environmental Engineering Center. We have proposed an aqueous process for recovering uranium from spent filter aid and CaF$${_2}$$ precipitate using hydrochloric acid. The distributions of the dissolved species in the sample solutions at different pH levels were calculated using the chemical equilibrium modeling system. Calculated results of fluorine contents of recovered uranium were compared with the experimental results. The fluorine content in the recovered uranium decreased as the aluminum concentration of the solution increased. On the other hand, uranium of spent filter aid was recovered selectively. The size of the particles of recovered uranium tends to decrease with increasing pH in the precipitation treatments. Also, the uranium concentration of the precipitate generated by the neutralization of the barren solution falls below 1 Bq/g.

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