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It is critical that the uranium mining issue be made a key in stopping the push for more nuclear technology.
International Uranium Mining Issues
Uranium mining is about environmental justice, nuclear weapons proliferation, and speculative markets. The flooding of Cameco's Cigar Lake uranium mine in Canada and the nuclear push has prices up worldwide. Is the Enron waiver scam also being used with the uranium market?
Worldwide uranium mining produced about 41,600 tonnes of uranium in 2005. Though uranium is a fairly common mineral and is widely distributed around the earth, over half of the total uranium mining production came from just two countries: Canada and Australia. Though the U.S. was the largest uranium producing country in the world in the 1970s, by 2005 only 3% of world production was mined in the United States.
Canada was the first country to mine uranium. The world's first uranium mine was at Port Radium, NWT, on the shore of Great Bear Lake. Canada was also the first country to refine uranium on an industrial scale. Uranium for the World War II Atomic Bomb Project was processed in secrecy at Port Hope, Ontario.Much of the uranium for the Cold War nuclear arms race came from Canada: Port Radium and Rayrock, NWT; Uranium City, Saskatchewan; Bancroft and Elliot Lake, Ontario. By 1960 the American military contracts had been terminated. All uranium mined in Canada since 1965 has been sold for reactor fuel. Additional Note: In 2005 Cameco's Cigar Lake uranium mine was flooded, driving up prices of uranium worldwide.
This immensely important event took place April 2008 and contains over 500 submitted testimonies on twelve major uranium mining issues. All submissions are available to read!
Canadian Uranium Mining: Let France do it!
Australia is set to become the largest uranium producer in the world. Most of the uranium is on indigenous lands. A huge battle over a deadly industry that produces few jobs but immense wealth for BPH Billiton is at stake.
Australia has some of the uranium reserves in the world. The Beverly mine is using a technique called In-Situ Leaching (ISL) to extract the uranium. This is an extensive Australian News (video) investigation of ISL mining.
From Bush's lies or EDF's scandals about Niger uranium, n-waste dumping on poor communities, or the Rossing uranium mine in Namibia, Africa is a hotbed for uranium mining for huge global corporations like Rio Tinto.
The tailing pipes carrying the radioactive and toxic slurry from the mills of the Uranium Corporation of India (UCIL) burst Saturday night(16/8/2008) in the Dungridih village under the Jadugoda police station of Potka block of East Singhbhum in Jharkhand State of India, spewing the village with uranium waste.
JADUGUDA, India Deep in the heart of a grassy valley, thousands of laborers are helping build India's nuclear dreams at the country's only uranium mining complex. Two miles away, deformed children play in small, clay huts.
Europe has the strongest anti-nuclear movement in the world. The push to restart the nuclear power issue in Europe has been ferocious. Much has left to be done on discovering more about the scandalous Soviet era uranium mining industry, where no attempts at protecting miners or the environment was the rule.
ISL mining in Russia and Asia PDF File
Greenpeace activists took clean water containers into the communities around the Tuwaitha nuclear facility near Baghdad and encouraged people to swap them for radioactive containers, contaminated with uranium 'yellowcake'.
Top five uranium mining companies
1. BHP Billiton LTD (BHP) - $135 billion
Nuclear Resources in Australia
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