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Key Lake

At Key Lake lies the largest uranium mill in the world. The mining process is on halt, the mine from McArthur and Rabbit Lake is primarily being processed here. The mine is owned by Cameco (83%), and AREVA (17%).

Key Lake has an ongoing problem with water effluency. Downstream of the discharge lie other lakes - Wolf Lake, Wolf Creek, Fox Lake, Yak Creek, David Creek, Unknown Lake, Pyrite Creek, and Delta Lake - who are relatively shallow, so radioactive water from Key Lake will have a much greater impact on their aquatic ecosystem.

 

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Rabbit Lake

This is the longest operating uranium production facility in North America. The License was renewed in 2013, with protests by the CNSC. The underground mine lies 700 km north of Saskatoon and is owned and operated by the Cameco Corporation.

 

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Shinkolobwe in DR Congo

This mine was officially closed in 2004, because the horrible work conditions caused a tunnel to collapse and bury several miners to their deaths. But this was not the end of a long, sad story. To this day, illicit mining continues in Shinkolobwe. The iranian government tried to smuggle Uranium from here. The environmental situation is also pretty bad, with unprotected tailings and contaminated drinking water.

Golden Misabiko, president of the NGO ASADHO/Katanga, was put in jail in 2009 for releasing a report on the illicit mining activities in the area. He is free again, but the problem he went through hell for remains.

Unauthorized mining continues at the former Shinkolobwe uranium mine: artisanal miners are getting access to the mine site by bribing the guards. While the miners are after copper and cobalt, some ores also contain considerable concentrations of uranium. The product is exported in the form of copper and cobalt concentrates that still contain the uranium. The uranium can then easily be extracted in the unknown destination countries.

 

 

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Uranium Conference Tanzania 2013

Tanzania ConferenceFrom October 1 - October 6 2013, experts from around the world gathered in Dar Es Salaam and Bahi to inform the public on the dangers of Uranium Mining. The conference was organized by IPPNW, Uranium Network, LHRC, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, NaCUM and CESOPE.

 

Download conference program

The Uranium Info Brochure by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (contains articles by many of the conference participants)

 

News & Activities on the Tanzania conference

Kanyika Niobium Project

The Kanyika mine is a large niobium mine located in northern Malawi in the Northern Region. Kanyika represents one of the largest niobium reserves in Malawi having estimated reserves of 60 million tonnes of ore grading 0.29% niobium metal. [Wikipedia]

The mine is run by Globe Metals, plans to start operation in 2014 await the clearing of a bulk sample test in China, which should be completed in June 2014.

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Arlit & Akokan in Niger

MineArlit1Arlit is a mining town in northern-central Niger. Akokan is a mining town in the Arlit Department. The Tuareg and Toubou people are local to the area.

Two large open pit mines and one underground mine are being operated here. For around thirty years, two mining companies have been extracting uranium deposits in the region of Arlit.

SOMAIR (Société des Mines de l'AIR), owned by AREVA-COGEMA (63%) and the state of Niger.

COMINAK (Compagnie Minière d'Akouta), run by AREVA-COGEMA (34%), the Nigerien state, and Japanese (OURD) and Spanish (ENUSA) companies.

The cities of Arlit and Akokan (total inhabitants 70.000 people!), have been created from nothing - on the face of a plain desert - to inhabit the mines workers. The drinking water is extracted from the ground by the mining companies. That is the same ground being polluted by the mines tailings.

 

News & Activities on Arlit

The Falea Mine Project in Mali

 Falea02Find a detailed description of Faleas problems and what you can do about them at falea21.free.fr!

 

 

 

 

 


News & Activities on the Falea Project

Dominion Reefs in South Africa

Dominionville03Occupying an area of approximately 14 000 hectares in the Witswatersand Basin of South Africa, Uranium One's Dominion Reefs site includes a shallow underground mine, a uranium processing operation and open pits where exploratory blasting is taking place.

Workers at Dominion Reefs have consistently raised their concerns about the poor health and safety conditions in the mine, unfair and discriminatory treatment and substandard wages.

In 2008, this mine was placed into care and maintenance by Uranium One, linked to the worldwide decline of uranium prices. In 2011, Shiva Uranium Ltd. announced that they would resume production "soon".