Swakop uranium: promotion of uranium in “Husab” Mine begins in Namibia

This month the mining company, Swakop Uranium, will start uranium mining in the “Husab” uranium mine located on the west coast of Namibia, as reported by Zheng Keping, the managing director of Swakop Uranium. The company is 90% owned by Taurus Minerals Ltd., a subsidiary of the Chinese state-owned company Guangdong Nuclear Power Company (CGNPC) Uranium Resources Co.   ... →

Contract workers at Rössing mine protest working conditions

Contract workers at the Rössing uranium mine owned by Rio Tinto submitted a petition on 7 October 2015 to the General Manager in Namibia. This included issues in relation to the violation of their labor rights and unacceptable working conditions. The temporary workers felt “exploited as cheap labor.” They earn seven times less than an employee who does the same work.   ... →

Rio Tinto: Lack of Information on Health Risks for Uranium Miners

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Environmental and Security Hazards in Namibia

According to a study of the Dutch nongovernmental organization SOMO workers of the Rössing Uranium mine in Namibia are not sufficiently informed about the consequences of the mining operations on their health and the local environment. Radon gas which the workers inhale is radioactive and destructive. Exposure to radiation can cause with cancer, birth defects and chronic lung, eye and skin illnesses.   ... →