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Laramide awarded U.S. Department of Energy grant for restoration study

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The project is designed to develop groundwater restoration technology in the laboratory that will address both the modern groundwater restoration standards in New Mexico.

TORONTO — Laramide Resources Ltd., announce that its U.S. subsidiary, NuFuels Inc, has been awarded a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant in the amount of USD $1,756,778 to provide the funding for a joint research project with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to develop advanced in-situ recovery (ISR) related groundwater restoration technology.

Expenses for the DOE grant for the NuFuels/LANL Project titled “Laboratory Groundwater Restoration R&D Bench Study with Natural Uranium Core and Groundwater” will be shared at a ratio of approximately 40 per cent by NuFuels, to pay for the costs of obtaining the core material and laboratory equipment and supplies, and 60 per cent by DOE, to provide the LANL expertise and facilities, and fund research staff.

The project is designed to develop groundwater restoration technology in the laboratory that will address both the modern groundwater restoration standards in New Mexico, and have a significant impact on reducing the full cycle cost related to ISR by reducing the amount of water used during the groundwater restoration process through in-situ restoration techniques. In addition to the benefit to the uranium industry, the technology developed would benefit many DOE and legacy industrial sites where water-efficient remedial approaches to groundwater quality reclamation may be advantageous.

The project’s objective is to demonstrate the capacity to restore groundwater geochemical conditions to background levels at uranium recovery operations through the application of restoration strategies to include: 1) groundwater sweeping, 2) active treatment through reverse osmosis and recirculation operations, 3) amendment injections, and 4) natural and enhanced attenuation processes.

The primary focus will be ISR restoration technologies that would result in reduced groundwater consumption during groundwater restoration activities following uranium ISR operations, though the results are likely to aid in the reduction of water usage at other uranium recovery related groundwater restoration projects such as legacy tailings operations. This study will be performed using uranium rich core collected from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensed ISR uranium properties owned by NuFuels, Inc. in New Mexico.

“We are honored to have been awarded this Grant by the DOE. Los Alamos National Laboratory is one of the premier research institutions in the world,” said Marc Henderson, President of Laramide and NuFuels. “We believe this Project will result in cutting edge groundwater restoration technology that will enhance post ISR groundwater quality and be useful for groundwater restoration programs at other uranium related legacy sites. NuFuels will reach out to stakeholders so they may be an integral part of the Project as we move forward, and believe the work will be embraced by both the regulatory community and community in general.”


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