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Pollution Board rejects proposal on uranium mining

Published by MAC on 2004-01-29

Pollution Board rejects proposal on uranium mining

P Balu - Times India New Network

January 29, 2004

Hyderabad: The proposal for mining and processing of uranium in Nalgonda district near the Nagarjunasagar reservoir suffered a setback on Wednesday, with the technical committee of the AP State Pollution Control Board rejecting the UCIL proposal for setting up a uranium ore processing plant at Mallapuram village in the catchment area of the reservoir.

The committee is learnt to have referred the aspect of giving a final clearance to the mining proposal to the state government after some of the concerned parties expressed reservations on the possible pollution threat to the reservoir from mining.

The decision has been hailed by the Movement Against Uranium Project convenors Capt J Rama Rao and Ravi Rebbapragada.

The proposal for setting up the processing plant is learnt to have been rejected by the consent for establishment clearance committee of the pollution control board. This means the UCIL will have to redraw its plans for a processing plant beginning with the search for a new site.

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