AREVA has obtained 28 uranium exploration licenses and is currently exploring an area of
nearly 5,400 square miles in Mongolia. More than 300 herding families and 12 civil society groups are demanding independent testing of the exploration area and the cessation of uranium exploration in the region. Locals fear that a mining boom will destroy the region’s unique grassland ecosystem and their traditional way of life. 
 Michelle Tolson (2013): “In Mongolia’s Gobi Desert, Increased Mining Activities Raise Pollution Fears”, Earth Island Journal, 1 July (accessed 02.10.2013).