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AREVA’s Northern Territory uranium plans blocked by one Aboriginal man

Owner wants uranium-rich land to be added to Kakadu, Sydney Morning Herald,  LINDSAY MURDOCH IN KAKADU, May 29, 2010 “……….Areva executives in Australia did not return calls from the Herald. The blocking of the mine comes five years after a federal takeover of uranium mining from the Northern Territory Labor government that was supposed to boost uranium mining. But the move is in tatters, with mining companies struggling to extract tens of billions of dollars worth of northern Australia’s known uranium deposits because of the concerns of indigenous traditional owners about the impact.

The Mirarr traditional owners are opposing a massive expansion of the controversial Ranger uranium mine because of concerns about outdated procedures to protect the environment.The Herald revealed this week that millions of litres of radioactive water have flowed from the mine into Kakadu.Ranger, which is owned by Energy Resources of Australia, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto, has had more than 150 leaks, spills and licence breaches since it opened in 1981.The Mirarr are also refusing to allow development of the nearby Jabiluka mine which contains one of the world’s largest known uranium reserves. Owner wants uranium-rich land to be added to Kakadu

May 29, 2010 - Posted by | Northern Territory, politics, uranium | , , , , , , , , ,

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