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13 French Associations band together to stop uranium mining abuses in Niger

This action is urgent because what is organized in the shadows, is the abandonment of the site by the operator and the transfer responsibilities and problems in the community. So that people do not have to pay the bill or suffer contamination, it is essential to apply the principle of “polluter pays” principle, to obtain the decontamination dwellings and areas affected and the continued responsibility of waste producers as long no permanent containment solution have been made.

Due to their radiotoxicity, their business and their life, these waste categories are TFA-VL and FA-VL which impose a series of requirements to prevent the transfer to the biosphere and people.
However, none of the rules are respected.

The actions taken at the local level encounter power AREVA and its relationship with the state.
In addition, lawsuits are even more difficult than the regulation was put in place to encourage operating cost of uranium deposits. It is one thing to see and pollution operations unacceptable, is quite another to be able to take legal action. This is shocking and illegal but is not necessarily illegal.

CREATION OF THE COLLECTIVE “URANIUM MINES”
From different regions of France and Niger, associations have decided to join forces to combat the health and environmental consequences of the extraction of uranium.

15 October 2012
Read the joint statement with the list of signatories
23 and 24 August, representatives of 12 organizations met in Lavoine near Saint-Priest-Laprugne (Loire), near the site of the Bois Noirs Limouzat where CEA and Cogema, extracted and processed from
uranium ore.

This work has led to the drafting of a joint statement which was discussed this September by each association and all decided to sign.

So far, 13 French departments are
concerned (Allier, Cantal, Corrèze, Creuse Deux-Sèvres, Finistère, Haute-Vienne, Loire, Loire Atlantique, Maine Loire, Morbihan, Puy-de-Dôme and Vendée), but the first network is expected to expand.


The objective of the COLLECTIVE URANIUM MINES is to work in synergy with problems that are common
to all mining sites, reuse uranium tailings as backfill, water pollution, inadequate controls and environmental assessments biased, lack of regulation and enforcement of malfunctions, decisions based on power relations, etc.. This means face to face talks are powerful means with AREVA available.

This action is urgent because that is organized in the shadows, is the abandonment of the site by the operator and the transfer responsibilities and problems in the community. So that people do not have to pay the bill or suffer contamination, it is essential to apply the principle of “polluter pays” principle, to obtain the decontamination dwellings and areas affected and the continued responsibility of waste producers as long
no permanent containment solution have been made.

Learn from the mistakes made in France
for the benefit of people facing development of uranium mines
In France, uranium mining is a radioactive legacy but in a number of countries, the exploitation
is in progress or under development. This is particularly the case where NIGER just an important part of uranium that powers the French nuclear power plants.

Days of action and training last August attended by representatives of NGOs AGHIR IN MAN, and
including its president, Almoustapha Alhacen. NGOs that work in this country for the protection of
the environment and the health of the population. She works in particular on the impact of uranium mining
operated by AREVA subsidiaries in the Arlit region, 250 km northwest of Agadez, and is now
faced with the colossal project Imouraren.

Since the launch in 2002 of its partnership with MAN IN AGHIR, CRIIRAD has initiated actions
training and environmental controls in a number of other countries, including Namibia, Mali,
Malawi, Brazil, Finland and Bulgaria. It is hoped that eventually the network of solidarity and extends
more effective.

The objective is to convey to citizens and associations of these countries, the lessons of what happened in
France to avoid the same mistakes or even worse operations, if it is based on what is currently happening in Niger.

It also help to decipher, with supporting evidence, speeches lying on the safety of uranium and
the cleanliness of the operation. First joint
In view of the different agendas, both actions have been prioritized by the members of the collective uranium mines:
1 / obtaining the publication of the results of measurement campaigns helicopter for identifying areas
reuse of radioactive tailings (areas that are unusually radiating);
2 / get the definition of criteria sufficiently protective and decontamination universally applicable because this
prevails today, it is the balance of power and is rarely favorable to the inhabitants.
Link to the map of France of locating former uranium mines

http://www.criirad.org/actualites/uraniumfrance/img/CarteFrance_WEB.pdf

A FEW REMINDERS
Between 1948 and 2001, almost 200 uranium mines were operated on French territory, generating about
200 million tonnes of waste called “sterile”, a misnomer because these rocks have higher levels of
radioactivity have nothing significant (composed of rocks excavated to access the ore and minerals
with uranium content is below the usable levels).

Facilities ore extraction, were added facilities for mechanical and chemical treatment extraction of the element uranium produced over 50 million tonnes of radioactive tailings.
Tailings are radioactive waste, whose specific activity is typically of the order of several tens of
thousand Bq / kg residues from mechanical and chemical treatment of minerals have several activities
hundreds of thousands of Bq / kg. In both cases, it is radioactive waste very long lifetimes:

half-lives of 75,000 years to thorium-230, several billion years for uranium-238.

Due to their radiotoxicity, their business and their life, these waste categories are TFA-VL and
FA-VL which impose a series of requirements to prevent the transfer to the biosphere and people.
However, none of the rules are respected.

The actions taken at the local level encounter power AREVA and its relationship with the state.
In addition, lawsuits are even more difficult than the regulation was put in place to encourage
operating cost of uranium deposits. It is one thing to see and pollution operations unacceptable, is quite another to be able to take legal action. This is shocking and illegal but is not necessarily illegal.

For more information:

CRIIRAD / mail: bruno.chareyron @ criirad.org or by phone: 04 75 41 82 50
Impact of uranium mining on French territory

http://www.criirad.org/actualites/uraniumfrance/somuraniumfrance1.html

Impact of uranium mining in Niger
http://www.criirad.org/actualites/uraniumfrance/somuraniumfrance1.html

Link to above PDF in original French

http://www.criirad.org/actualites/dossier2012/mines/cp-criirad-cmu.pdf

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November 12, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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