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Zambia develops guidelines on uranium sale

Steel News - Published on Fri, 30 Jul 2010

Mr Maxwell Mwale mines minister of Zambia said that copper rich Zambia has developed guidelines with authorization from the world’s atomic agency, to stop the sale of uranium to institutions that may use it for producing dangerous weapons.

Mr Maxwell Mwale told lawmakers that government had also issued two licences to mining companies for the exploration of uranium. The guidelines were produced with supervision from the International Atomic Energy Agency that would be involved in all activities leading to the final stage which would be exportation.

The guidelines cover monitoring activities during exploration, mining, milling, storage, transportation, export, marketing, safety, health and environmental protection standards. Exploration licences for uranium had been granted to Denison Mines and African Energy Resources.

Mr Mwale said that there are 140 large and small scale prospecting licenses which include uranium as one of the minerals to be explored. Before mining for uranium starts, a developer would be required to come up with an environmental impact assessment report and consult with local communities where the mineral would be mined.

He dispelled reports that uranium was dangerous and that he had toured countries where mining was done about 50 meters away from the production spots and that no danger or negative effect had been recorded. According to him, uranium exploration in Zambia was not being done for the first time.

(Filed by Mr Kapembwa Sinkamba SteelGuru Correspondent Zambia)

Posted By : admin on Fri, 30 Jul 2010
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