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[en] Full text: Radiation safety at areas affected by the natural uranium mining and milling facilities is very important for the environment protection and human health. For this purpose the close operator-regulator contact is required during remedial operations. One of the key mechanisms of the operating regulatory supervision of radiation safety at uranium legacy sites is organization of independent radiation control and monitoring in the course of reclamation and after its completion. The main stages of this strategy include: detailed radiation survey at the area and in the vicinity of the former uranium mining sites; threat assessment in order to identify the regulatory priorities; environmental radiation control and monitoring. Tailings and shallow disposal sites of the uranium mining wastes are the most critical areas in terms of potential hazard for the environment. Tailings are the source of contamination of the near-land air due to the radionuclide dust resuspension from the tailing surface; surface and ground water due to washing out from by precipitation and surface streams of toxic and radioactive elements. Frequently, contamination of surface and ground waters results in some problems, especially when using the leaching fluids for the solution mining and draining hydraulic fluids. Radiation risk for the residents of areas near not operating uranium mining and milling facilities depends on the following factors: radon exhalation from the surface of dumps and tailing; radioactive dust transfer; using radioactive material in building; contamination of surface water streams and aquifers used for drinking water supply; contamination of open ponds used for fish breeding and catching; contamination of foodstuffs grown in the nuclear legacy areas. Radiation monitoring is necessary for the up-to-date response to changing radiation situation during reclamation and arrangement of adequate countermeasures. We mean here comprehensive dynamic surveillance including long-tern continuous monitoring of radiation parameters and public doses in the vicinity of radiation hazardous facilities. Arrangement of monitoring should be prescribed at the early stage of reclamation and continued after reclamation completing taking into account special features of the legacy site allocation and contamination nature. Radiation monitoring is based on experimental studies of physical and chemical properties of radionuclides controlled, which promote prediction of their sorption and migration activities within ecosystems. The extent of control and monitoring should be sufficient to solve the following tasks: determine the extent of compliance with the principles of radiation safety; obtain the necessary information about the dynamics of the impact of contamination sources on the environment; calculate annual effective dose to the public on the basis of radiation monitoring data of the environmental media, foodstuffs and drinking water, taking into account local features of nutrition, water supplying and dietary habits of the public. Development of some quantitative radiation and ecological criteria and regulations for remediation/reclamation of areas affected by the uranium mining is necessary for proper regulatory supervision of the uranium legacy sites.