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Uranium update: more slices of the yellowcake

Published by MAC on 2006-06-06


Uranium update: more slices of the yellowcake

6th June 2006

There's loads of uranium in the ground most of it is on Indigenous peoples' territory) according to the UN International Atomic Energy Agency. It's sufficient to last another 85 years at the current planned rate of expansion of nuclear installations.

Following a recent accord with China, Australia's government is pushing the uranium boat out even further. The prime minister has also initiated a review process to examine setting-up nuclear power plants in the country.

The Indian government plans to shell out around US$400 million for uranium mining and nuclear plants in three states - including Meghalaya, where citizens continue being denied their right to demonstrate.

(Editorial note: A recent article from The Australian, posted on this site [http://www.minesandcommunities.org/Action/press1037.htm], accused WWF-Australia of backing uranium mining and tacitly supporting nuclear power. In the second article which we post below, a WWF-Australia spokesman is now quoted as saying that the organisation does not support uranium mining, although "we don't campaign on it".)

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