Nuclear power's death spiral and the demise of uranium miners

nmDays after the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017 has been published, WISE International launched an article by Jim Green "Nuclear power's death spiral and the demise of uranium miners", exploring on a global level the future of uranium and uranium mining companies. It becomes obvious that even pro-nuclear people see the future of nuclear and hence the future of uranium mining very critically:

"Valores points to data showing that uranium production increased by 50% from 2007 to 20162 despite the failure of the nuclear 'renaissance' to materialize and generally stagnant demand. Hence the large and growing stockpiles of yellowcake and further downward pressure on already very low prices. "Despite claims of a looming supply cliff and higher demand which will support higher prices," he writes, "demand for uranium is set to weaken in an environment where supplies are growing."

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The Dangers in the Mines - Professor Doug Brugge

Not one month ago, on October 2, Doug Brugge found himself in an unusual place: a Tanzanian police station.

Brugge, Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts Medical School, and a Member of the Tisch College faculty, had traveled to that country’s capital for a conference on the dangers of uranium mining. The caravan that took him and other researchers to a planned mining exploration site was stopped by local police; their Tanzanian guide detained and threatened with arrest. The situation was thankfully resolved without further incident, but nonetheless tense: “We ended up staying at the police station well into the night in order to assure that our guide was released,” says Brugge, who also directs the Tufts Community Research Center.

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The Myth behind 'Low Level Radiation' (LaRRI-Report)

1. Introduction

This report is the result of a project on uranium mining in Namibia commissioned by the Centre for Research on Multi-national Corporations (SOMO).

The findings are based on secondary literature drawn mainly from the writings of Earthlife Namibia and empirical data collected by LaRRI during July and August 2007. Much of the issues raised in the report are meant to trigger debate on uranium mining and its social, economic and environmental repercussions.


Health Risks of Nuclear Power (Study)

Jan Willem Storm van Leeuwen
Independent consultant
Chaam, The Netherlands
22 November 2010

This study starts with a physical assessment of the quantities of the radioactivity being generated and mobilized by the entire system of related industrial processes making civilian nuclear power possible. It assesses the actual and potential exposure of the public to natural and human-made nuclear radioactivity, and it discusses empirical evidence of harmful health effects of these exposures. The biomedical effects of radionuclides in the human body are briefly discussed.


Unsafe at any Dose (Article, New York Times)


Unexpected Rates of Chromosomal Instabilities and Alterations of Hormone Levels in Namibian Miners (Radiation Research)

Unexpected Rates of Chromosomal Instabilities and Alterations of Hormone Levels in Namibian Uranium Miners

Reinhard Zaire, Michael Notter, Werner Riedel, and Eckhard Thiel, Radiation Research, 1997


Study on chromosomal damage in lymphocytes from namibian uranium mineworkers (1996, en)

Analysis of lymphocytes from uranium mineworkers in Namibia for chromosomal damage using Fluorescence in situ Hybridization (FISH)

Reinhard Zaire(a), Carol S. Griffin (b), Corresponding Author Contact Information, Paul J. Simpson (b), David G. Papworth (b), John R. K. Savage (b), Sue Armstrong (c) and Maj A. Hultènc


Hazards of Uranium

by Inge Lindemann, Oct / Nov 2008 / April 2010

A comprehensive compilation of the basics and the latest findings in regard to the health hazards of uranium, the diseases it may cause, the effects on environment, water, air etc., with links to the relevant scientific studies.

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