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Areva derci?

Published by MAC on 2006-05-29


Areva derci?

29th May 2006

The French nuclear giant, Areva (formed from Framatome and Cogema), has been condemned for mismanagement of nuclear wastes which not only exceed the national limit for tritium sevenfold, but threaten further contamination from other radionuclides, along with lead and mercury.

In Australia the same company has said its Koongarra uranium project is now "off the agenda", as traditional landowers have continued to renew their objections.

Back in the early eighties, the Aboriginal Land Council approached the then-lease holder of Koongarra (Noranda, later Denison) asking for the mine to be fast-tracked. But, over the succeeding years of dire experience of the Ranger operations (now owned by RioTinto), many traditional owners have revised their support for uranium mining.

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