What about the long term?

Contamination - Long TermTailings containing radioactive elements, depending on the isotope type, will be radioactive for tens of thousands of years. The chemical toxicity of the tailings will be even more long-term as the stable chemical metals do not degrade further. Can society take responsibility for the long-term stewardship of the contaminants that it made more mobile through its mining and milling activities?  How will local communities feel about restricting land use for future generations?

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