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Exhibition: Uranium Mining in and for Europe

On Sep. 26, 2012, the city of Vienna opens an exhibition on "Uranium Mining in and for Europe" in the European Parliament in Brussels. The exhibition is a revised and enlarged version of the 2008 exhibition "The Return of Uranium Mining to Europe" (see below).
> View City of Vienna release Sep. 24, 2012 (in German)
> View details (Austrian Institute of Ecology)
> Download exhibition booklet: English (3.8MB PDF) · German (3.8MB PDF)

Exhibition: The Return of Uranium Mining to Europe

On Nov. 5, 2008, the Austrian NGO Global 2000 opened an exhibition in Vienna warning of the return of uranium mining to Europe.
> View Global2000 release Nov. 5, 2008 (Global 2000 - in German)
> View details · Download exhibition posters (1.8M PDF) (Österreichisches Ökologie Institut - in German)


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The following companies are performing uranium prospection and/or exploration in Belarus: RUE Belgeo


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The following companies are performing uranium prospection and/or exploration in Bulgaria: Cambridge Mineral Resources plc , Kaboko Mining Ltd (formerly Uran Ltd, application), Bulgarian Mining Corporation Ltd

 

General

Uranium mining in Bulgaria could resume by year end, Economy Minister

The comment of Bulgarian Economy Minister Dragomir Stoynev that resumption of uranium mining in the country by the end of the year would be possible stirred a significant public debate. The minister told the Parliament that there are inquiries from investors interested in the possibility of mining of uranium in Bulgaria, which include world famous companies mainly from Canada and Australia, Standart daily reports. (Standart Apr. 4, 2014)

Russia considers mining uranium in Bulgaria

Russia is considering mining uranium in Bulgaria after its nuclear services exporter won a tender to build a power plant outside Sofia, a senior nuclear official said on Nov. 8, 2006. Russia's newly-formed uranium production company will study the issue.
"If the recently established Uranium Mining Company carries out the economic study together with Bulgarian colleagues, and uranium production proves to be economically attractive, the project will be launched," said Pyotr Lavrenyuk, vice president of Russia's nuclear fuel producer and supplier TVEL. The TVEL company and the state-owned uranium trader Tekhsnabexport (Tenex) merged into the Uranium Mining Company on November 2, 2006, to develop uranium deposits inside and outside Russia, and import uranium. The TVEL official said the company already imported uranium from other east European countries, including the Czech Republic. (RIAN Nov. 8, 2006)

Cameco interested in Bulgaria's uranium production

Canadian Cameco corporation was interested in the eventual restoring of uranium production in Bulgaria, Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) reported.
Uranium production in Bulgaria ceased in 1992, BNR said. Bulgaria's uranium deposits reach nearly 12,000 tons, BNR said. The amount would be enough to supply resources for nuclear energy production in Bulgaria for the next 20 to 30 years. (Sofia Echo Sep. 12, 2006)

Bulgaria considers re-opening of uranium mines

In its final report, the Bulgarian-Russian intergovernmental commission for economic co-operation recommended the re-opening of uranium mines in Bulgaria.
If the mines were re-opened, Russia would use the extracted ore to produce cheaper nuclear fuel for the Kozlodui nuclear power plant, 24 Chassa reported. The Russian corporation TVEL, the provider of nuclear fuel for Bulgaria, said it might reduce prices and recommended that Bulgaria should start exploring re-opening possibilities as soon as possible. (Sofia Echo May 26, 2006)


Czech Republic

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Denmark

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Finland

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Restart of uranium mining in Eastern Germany still not profitable, Wismut says

Wismut speaker Frank Wolf denied that the remaining uranium deposits in Thuringia and Saxony could be mined profitably, even though in early June 2007, the uranium spot market price exceeded the inflation-adjusted production cost of the former Wismut mines. The cost of the "high environmental and safety standards" would have to be factored in, as well. So far, Wismut has not received any inquiries from potential investors. (Ostthüringer Zeitung July 19, 2007)


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General · WildHorse Energy Mecsek project · Ajka coal ash
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The following companies are performing uranium prospection and/or exploration in Hungary: Whildhorse Energy

 

WildHorse Energy Mecsek project

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> Uranium mining near Pécs is opposed by neMecsek Mozgalom (Movement neMecsek)

Wildhorse Energy Ltd divests of Mecsek Hills uranium mine project

On Oct. 26, 2015, Wildhorse Energy Ltd announced that it has sold its Hungarian subsidiary Wildhorse Energy Hungary Kft to an undisclosed entity.

Liquidation proceedings initiated against company that intended to develop the Mecsek Hills uranium mine project

Wildhorse Resources Ltd., the Pécs-based Australian-owned company that intended to restart uranium mining in the Mecsek Hills has been placed under liquidation. The initiation of proceedings was published on 21 January. (HVG Jan. 26, 2014)

Wildhorse Energy Ltd abandons Mecsek Hills uranium mine project

On Oct. 28, 2014, Wildhorse Energy Ltd announced that it will not proceed with the potential Joint Venture "due to the lack of tangible progress and high operational costs to date", and the company will look to immediately divest of the project.

Uranium Action Day protests in Pécs

At the occasion of the International Uranium Action Day, a protest against uranium mining was held in the downtown of Pécs on September 29, 2012. (neMecsek Mozgalom Oct. 1, 2012)

Hungarian government pledges support for development of Mecsek Hills uranium project

On June 27, 2012, Wildhorse Energy announced that the Hungarian government has formally pledged its support for the development of a Joint Venture between the company, Hungarian state owned Mecsek-Öko and Mecsekérc, and Hungarian Electricity Ltd which is the owner of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant.

Hungary starts inquiry into restart of uranium mining at Pécs

Hungary's government is looking at a possible relaunch of uranium production near the Southern city of Pécs, state news agency MTI reported Tuesday (June 19) citing the city's mayor. The government has started a social, technological and environmental inquiry into the feasibility of restarting production, Zsolt Páva said at a press conference in Pécs. The restart idea reemerged due to a rise in the price of uranium, state secretary responsible for climate and energy, Pál Kovács said at the event. Should the inquiry find that production can be made in an environmentally friendly, profitable manner, the government will consider restarting mining operations, Mr. Kovács said. (Dow Jones June 19, 2012)

WildHorse signs new cooperation agreement with Mecsek-Öko and Mecsekérc for restart of uranium mining in Hungary

On Feb. 16, 2012, Wildhorse Energy Ltd announced a new non-binding Co-Operation Agreement has been signed with Mecsek-Öko and Mecsekérc , the state-owned corporations responsible for the development and rehabilitation of the Hungarian uranium sector. The Agreement is designed to develop a joint venture company to re-start uranium mining at the Mecsek Hills Uranium Project in southern Hungary, comprising the 42.9 sq km Pécs uranium licence, owned by WHE, and the 19.6 sq km MML-E licence, owned by Mecsek-Öko.

WildHorse signs new cooperation agreement with Mecsek-Öko and Mecsekérc for restart of uranium mining in Hungary

On Oct. 13, 2009, Wildhorse Energy Ltd announced a new Co-operation Agreement has been signed with Mecsek-Öko and Mecsekérc , Hungarian Government (State) owned entities responsible for uranium mining, exploration and rehabilitation activities within Hungary, with the express aim of working towards restarting uranium mining in the Mecsek Hills Uranium Project Area.

WildHorse eyes 20 year mine life for Mecsek uranium project

On Sep. 26, 2008, Wildhorse Energy Ltd announced that it sees the potential for production of in excess of 2 million lbs of U3O8 [769 t U] per year for over 20 years at its Mecsek project site.

WildHorse signs cooperation agreement for restart of uranium mining in Hungary

On August 6, 2008, WildHorse Energy Ltd announced that it has signed an exclusive Cooperation Agreement with Mecsekérc , a state owned privatised company, with the aim of restarting uranium mining in the Mecsek Hills, in southern Hungary. The first stage of this cooperation is to complete a technical and economic review of the entire Mecsek Hills area. This work will include: It is aimed to complete this work by the end of September 2008 for review with relevant government agencies and community groups.

WildHorse could open first Hungarian uranium mine in 2010

WildHorse Energy Ltd, an Australia-based company, could – if all goes goes exactly to plan – open its first uranium mine in Hungary at Bátaszék in 2010 and the next at Pécs in 2012, the head of the company’s local unit said.
The mines will be opened only if they can be operated economically, local daily Népszabadság reported, citing András Barabás, head of WildHorse Kft. The uranium mine in Pécs (208km southwest of Budapest), which had been in operation for 40 years, closed in 1997 as a loss-maker. Since then, the price of uranium has risen five-fold on the world market, which has boosted the search for the metallic chemical element in the region.
Public support for the mine in Pécs, however, is a tricky issue. While it previously gave jobs to several tens of thousands of people, thousands suffered permanent or fatal health damage. Mayor Péter Tasnádi said the city municipality would give its consent to the re-opening of the mine only if it received a thorough analysis of the consequences from WildHorse and authorities that need to green light the project.
WildHorse announced in mid-June the completion of its confirmatory drilling programs at two of its 100% owned Hungarian projects, Bátaszék (173km south of Budapest) and Dinnyeberki, in the Mecsek Mountains (218km southwest of the capital). (The Budapest Sun July 23, 2008)

Environment Ministry concerned over proposed re-opening of mines in Southern Hungary

The Hungarian Ministry of Environment and Water is concerned about plans to resume coal and uranium mining in the southern Mecsek mountains, minister Gabor Fodor told journalists. The ministry would prefer businesses to turn their attention to opportunities in renewable energy, but if plans to re-open mines in this area turn serious, the ministry will be strict about the environmental licencing procedures, Fodor said. The Australian-owned WildHorse Energy Hungary has plans to restart a uranium mining project in the Mecsek in 2010-2011. (MTI Dec. 7, 2007)

 

Companies investigate potential for uranium extraction from Hungarian coal ash

"A detailed test program was also completed on the Ajka waste ash pile in Hungary to reduce the acid consuming components this was only marginally successful and no further work is planned." (Sparton Resources Management's Discussion and Analysis 2008)

On Aug. 3, 2007, WildHorse Energy Ltd announced that Eurash (a joint venture between WildHorse Energy and Sparton Resources) has signed an agreement with Bakonyi Erőmű Zrt (BEZ), the owner of large volumes of mining slag and fly ash as waste products from a coal fired power station at Ajka in western Hungary. The Ajka site contains several heaps of ash, totalling close to 20 million tonnes of material. Measurements of these heaps between 1992 and 1995 indicate that U3O8 grades ranged between 94 and 152 ppm [0.0080 - 0.0129% U] in the ash, and between 33 and 137 ppm [0.0028 - 0.0116% U] in cinders.
Eurash plans to evaluate the uranium content of the ash as well as other metals in the mining slag, with a view to developing a project to recover and process the uranium and other metals.

WildHorse Energy Limited and Sparton Resources Inc. have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to identify and evaluate the possibility of extracting commercial quantities of uranium from waste coal ash generated by many large central European power stations which burn high uranium content lignitic or brown coals. Wildhorse has already started evaluating one specific opportunity in Hungary. Analyses on this material done between 1992 and 1995 indicate the ash contains between 90 and 150 ppm U3O8 [0.0076 - 0.0127% U]. Sparton already is evaluating a similar project in Yunnan Province, China. (Wildhorse/Sparton May 24, 2007; MiningNews Net May 25, 2007)


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Uranium prospection licenses denied in Donegal

Natural Resources Minister Eamon Ryan has declined to grant Prospecting Licences to two companies seeking to explore for uranium in Donegal. "It would be hypocritical to permit the extraction of uranium for use in nuclear reactors in other countries, while the nuclear generation of electricity is not allowed in Ireland". "There are also significant environmental and public health concerns surrounding uranium mining, including contamination of ground and surface water supplies and radiation levels."
> View Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources release Dec. 2, 2007


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General · Novazza
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The following companies are performing uranium prospection and/or exploration in Italy: Energia Minerals Ltd

Uranium mining in Italy is opposed by Legambiente Lombardia

 

Novazza deposit, Bergamo province, Lombardia

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Uranium exploration in Italy to continue, in spite of referendum outcome against nuclear

Energia Minerals said on Tuesday (June 14) that it would continue to pursue uranium exploration in Italy, despite that country's decision not to revive nuclear power plans. Italian voters rejected laws and a framework to potentially develop nuclear energy production facilities in a June 12 to 13 referendum. However, Energia said that it was the company's understanding that the nuclear energy laws did not directly affect the authorisation process for the granting of uranium exploration licence applications. (Mining Weekly June 14, 2011)

Opposition against development of Novazza uranium deposit

The Lombardy Region opposes the Novazza uranium project. (L'Eco di Bergamo Oct. 24, 2006)

On Sep. 20, 2006, Italian environmentalists vowed to oppose a project to extract uranium at Novazza in the Seriana valley in the northern region of Lombardy, saying it could cause radioactive contamination of the area. Australia-listed exploration company Metex Resources Ltd. said earlier this week it wanted to explore 300 hectares in the mountains some 85 km northeast of Milan. Uranium was first discovered in the region in the 1960s, but has never been commercially exploited. Metex has started a process to gain the necessary permits for the US$150 million project. Lombardy's regional government is evaluating the project.
Andrea Poggio, head of the Legambiente environmental action group for the Lombardy region told Reuters: "We are very angry that they have not informed local people...We are strongly opposed to it." Poggio said the project presented two main threats: possible radioactive contamination of the valley through rain and mountain springs which can spread radioactive elements from ore once it is extracted, and the radioactive gas radon which accompanies mine works.
Legambiente plans to discuss the project on Sep. 28, 2006, with local authorities and residents of the area. (Reuters Sep. 21, 2006; Legambiente)

Film: Uranium Project , by Stefania Prandi and Alan Gard, 45 minutes, 2011 (in Italian)
[about opposition to uranium mining at Novazza]
> Watch trailer: URANIUM PROJECT - Presentazione (Youtube - in Italian)


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The following companies are performing uranium prospection and/or exploration in Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic: Universal Mining Investments Macedonia (Perth, WA)


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The following companies are performing uranium prospection and/or exploration in Poland: European Resources Pty Ltd , Whildhorse Energy

Opposition to uranium mining in Poland: Powiedz Nie dla Kopalni Uranu w Sudetach

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Uranium exploration in Southwestern Poland stopped (?)

Czech and Polish ministers of the environment met on Thursday (Feb. 18) with the Czech side having a lengthy list of issues to discuss. High up on that list were Polish plans to explore for uranium and continue the development of a massive brown coal lignite mine just across the frontier.
On uranium mining the Polish side said that all survey work had now stopped and was not going to proceed any further and that no companies were at this stage interested in mining possible uranium reserves. (Český rozhlas Feb. 18, 2016)

However, according to information obtained form local opponents on Feb. 24, the Australian company European Resources Poland is still involved in a court battle to obtain the exploration licenses requested in Poland. Now, it's the Wrocław Regional Environmental Director's external link (RDOS) turn to make a decision.

Mayors of Czech bordering area sign declaration against planned uranium exploration in Southwestern Poland

After a joint meeting in Božanově na Broumovsku, 21 mayors of cities and municipalities in the Náchodsko and Trutnov area (Eastern Bohemia) signed a declaration against the planned test drilling and subsequent mining of uranium and methane in the Czech-Polish border area. They have concerns that drilling disrupts water supplies in the area of the water basin, which supplies roughly 150,000 people with drinking water. (Český rozhlas Jan. 15, 2016)

Community continues fight against uranium exploration at Kopaniec despite unfavourable court decision

On Oct. 17, the Municipality of Stara Kamienica issued a second, negative environmental opinion against the proposed uranium exploration project at Kopaniec. "We will fight to the end, because a permission for this action is suicide" says Mariusz Marek, deputy mayor of Stara Kamienica. (Jelonka Oct. 19, 2014)

Administrative court grants investor appeal against local disapproval of uranium exploration at Kopaniec in Southwestern Poland

The Regional Administrative Court in Wroclaw granted an appeal filed by the investor planning uranium exploration at Kopaniec in the community of Stara Kamienica.
The community opposed the project by instituting proceedings on transboundary environmental impact. The investor's appeal against this decision was rejected by the Municipal Court of Appeal in Jelenia Góra. The investor carried his appeal on to the higher court which now granted it, annulling the community's and the lower court's decisions. (uranstop.pl Aug. 26, 2014)

4000 signatures against uranium mining in Southwestern Poland

As of May 8, 2012, the group "No to uranium mining in the Sudety mountains" had collected 4000 signatures against uranium mining.

Demonstration in Jelenia Góra against uranium exploration in Southwestern Poland

On Dec. 4, 2011, nearly 150 people held a demonstration in the center of Jelenia Góra against uranium exploration and mining in the Sudety mountains in Southwestern Poland. (Gazeta Wrocław Dec. 4, 2011)
> View photos (Jelonka)
> Watch video by Richard and Dorota Coldman · video by Ellen Röhner (Youtube)

Demonstration in Stara Kamienica against search for uranium in Southwestern Poland

On Oct. 13, 2011, in front of the Municipal Office in Stara Kamienica, a demonstration was held against plans of the company European Resources Poland to apply for permission to search for uranium deposits in the area between Kopaniec and Kromnów near Jelenia Góra in southwestern Poland. The protest of local people joined the eco-activists and students from abroad who are just in the nearby resort Nemo Foundation. At Kopaniec, there still exists an abandoned deposit of 3,500 cubic metres of dangerous wastes from mining in the 1960s. (Jelonka, NJ24, Oct. 13, 2011)

Polish Nuclear Power Program to be based on imported uranium - for the time being; comments from neighboring countries invited

The Polish Nuclear Power Program concedes that the proposed use of nuclear power in Poland will be based on imported uranium, as the known domestic deposits are small and cannot be mined profitably at current uranium prices: "Nowadays, the mining of Polish low-grade uranium ore would be unprofitable since much more cheaper uranium can be purchased abroad, but while discussing the strategic aspects, it should be kept in mind that Poland has its own uranium deposits and it may use them in future."
The Polish Nuclear Power Program is open for comments from all neighboring countries from Oct. 5, 2011 until Jan. 4, 2012.
> Download Polish Nuclear Power Program , Ministry of Economy, Government Commissioner for Nuclear Power, Warsaw, January 2011, 126 p. (1.9MB PDF - English version, from Finnish Ministry of Environment)
> Download Strategic Environmental Assessment Report for the Polish Nuclear Programme (Short Version) , 513 p. (17.4MB PDF - English version, from German Ministry of Environment)

The Polish Nuclear Power Programme was adopted by the Council of Ministers on 28 January 2014.
> Download Polish Nuclear Power Programme, Ministry of Economy, January 2014 - English Version: (2.9MB MS Word DOCX) · (3MB PDF, from National Atomic Energy Agency)
> Download Written summary of the strategic environmental assessment results and justification for the selection of the Polish Nuclear Power Programme - English version (6.3MB PDF, from German Ministry of Environment)

Comment invited on new uranium exploration at historic Kopaniec uranium mine site

The Australian-owned company European Resources Poland plans to resume uranium exploration around the former Kopaniec uranium mine site near Jelenia Góra in Southwestern Poland.
Comments are invited by October 17, 2011.
> View Gmina Stara Kamienica release Sep. 26, 2011 and download related documents (in Polish)


Portugal   flag

General · Nisa
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The following companies are performing uranium prospection and/or exploration in Portugal: Berkeley Resources Ltd

 

Nisa Uranium Project (Portalegre district)

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Uranium mining in Nisa is being opposed by Movimento Urânio em Nisa, Não (MUNN) , Quercus .

300 protest against any uranium exploration in Nisa

On Oct. 19, 2008, 300 people held a demonstration in Nisa against any uranium exploration in the area. (Jornal de Notícias Oct. 19, 2008)

Opposition against uranium exploration in Nisa

More than 300 people have signed a petition launched by Movimento Urânio em Nisa, Não (MUNN) to protest against the possible exploration of uranium in the region. (Diário Digital Jan. 31, 2008)

Agreement with Anaconda expired

The agreement between Anaconda and ENU on the development of the Nisa project, Portugal, has expired. (Anaconda 2001 Annual Report, Oct. 24, 2001)

Quercus - National Association of Nature Conservation opposes Nisa project

The public consultation for the Nisa uranium project ended on July 20, 1999.

> view Quercus statement: "Quercus against approval of uranium mine in Nisa: environmental and public health hazards inadequately evaluated" (July 24, 1999)

Anaconda Uranium enters Nisa Joint Venture

Anaconda Uranium Corporation has entered into a binding agreement with Empresa Nacional de Urânio S.A. (ENU) a subsidiary company of the Portuguese State mining holding company, Empresa de Desenvolvimento Mineiro, S.A. (EDM), to develop and exploit the Nisa Uranium Project as a joint venture.
Located in the Alto Alentejo area of Portugal, the Nisa Project consists of eight shallow uranium deposits with total reserves in excess of 5 million pounds of U3O8 at a grade of 0.13 percent U3O8. It is estimated that the project will be in production within the next 12 months.
> View Anaconda Uranium Corp. press release July 23, 1998


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General · Tulgheş-Grinţieş · Uzina TG
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The following companies are performing uranium prospection and/or exploration in Romania: Valhalla Resources Ltd.

 

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Romania's National Uranium Corporation and Kazatomprom to set up joint venture

Romania's National Uranium Corporation and its Kazakh counterpart might set up a joint stock company to mine and export uranium and hard [heavy?] water, Romania's Minister of Economy, Commerce and Business Milieu Adriean Videanu told a Unimpresa seminar on Tuesday (Mar. 23). (Financiarul Mar. 25, 2010)

Romania to invest in uranium exploration in Angola

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Tulgheş-Grinţieş uranium mine project (Harghita and Neamţ counties, East Carpathians)

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Ministry of Economy: Romania could open a new uranium mine: Romania could open a new uranium mine in Suceava County, said Maricel Popa, State Secretary at the Ministry of Economy, quoted in a statement sent to Agerpres on Monday (Aug. 26). "... the chances are very high to find financing for the development of the Tulgheş-Grinţieş deposit", he said. (Agerpres Aug. 26, 2013)
The total value of the investment stands at 407.331 million Lei (about 91.43 million Euros), VAT included, out of which 322 million Lei are allotted to the construction and assembly works. The annual average uranium ore exploitation capacity accounts for 124,000 tonnes and the project is planned to be developed in 108 months. (ACTMedia Sep. 19, 2013)

CNU announces plans for Tulgheş-Grinţieş uranium mine project in the East Carpathian Mountains On May 3, 2012, the National company of uranium (CNU) advised that it plans to apply for the environmental permit for the proposed Tulgheş-Grinţieş uranium mine.
> Download Public Announcement, May 3, 2012 (PDF - in Romanian)

Feasibility study to be resumed for uranium mining in the East Carpathian Mountains: The capacity for radioactive ore explotation that National Company of Uranium (CNU) wants to build in the Carpatii Orientali (Neamţ and Harghita county) will cost over 70 million euro, the General Manager of the company, Nicu Popa, stated for the NewsIn. At present, CNU wants to update the feasibility study initially made in 2004, and, once started, the construction of the exploitation capacity could be completed in five years. (ACT Media Aug. 20, 2009)

The National company of uranium (CNU) will resume the feasibility study for the new capacity for the exploitation of radioactive ores, from the Oriental Carpathian Mountains, study to have been made initially in 2004, the general manager of CNU Iosif Moldovan said .
"The importance of this project is the supply with natural uranium necessary to the functioning of units in Cernavoda and the development of the National Nuclear Programme. In Romania, there are no other projects, CNU is the only company in the domain" Iosif Moldovan said. (ACT Media Mar 19, 2009)

 

Uzina TG uranium mill project, Feldioara (Braşov)

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General · Häggån · MMS Viken · Närke


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The following companies are performing uranium prospection and/or exploration in Sweden: Svenska Skifferolje AB, Mawson Resources Ltd., Hodges Resources Ltd , Continental Precious Minerals Inc., Beowulf Mining plc , Energy Ventures plc, Nordic Diamonds Ltd. , Aura Energy Ltd , Sino King Enterprise Investment Ltd (Hongkong), Sagacity Holdings Ltd, Trans Atlantic Metals AG , All Star Minerals plc , IGE Nordic AB , Energy Ventures Ltd , Norrsken Energy Limited , Goldsearch Ltd , Mercer Gold Corp. , Uranium Prospects Plc

For opposition to uranium mining in Sweden, see: Nej till uranbrytning (in Swedish)

 

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Uranium exploration in Västergötland

Uranium exploration ends in northern Billingen: The Canadian company, which wanted to locate uranium in Billingen, is giving up. The exploration permit for northern Billingen was withdrawn. "It shows that resistance is worthwhile," says Leif Walterum, Mayor of Skövde.
The mining company Continental Precious Minerals has had permission to look for uranium in large parts of Billingen, an area which goes into municipalities Tidaholmsvägen, Falkirk, Skara and Skövde. Last week the company stepped down from the exploration permit relating to North Billingen. The Mining Inspectorate of Sweden (Bergsstaten) approved the company's request to withdraw the exploration permit for North Billingen prematurely. The Company has retained a permit for South Billingen, which expires in summer, and there are no signs that it will be extended. (Falköpings Tidning Mar. 17, 2014)

On April 15, 2007, Continental Precious Minerals Inc. filed an appeal to reverse the decision of The Mining Inspectorate of Sweden not to grant them prospecting rights in Billingen.

In 2006, Svenska Skifferolje AB, Mawson Resources Ltd., and Continental Precious Minerals Inc. applied for prospecting rights in a large area covering most of the cambrium silur triangle of Billingen - Ålleberg - Gerumsberget. The Mining Inspectorate received massive protests from the County Administration of Västergötland , all affected cities, as well as from farmers and other organisations. The applications were all turned down.

In May 2005, Svenska Skifferolje AB applied for prospecting rights in Skaraborg. After massive local protests, the application was turned down by the Mining Inspectorate of Sweden (Bergsstaten ).

 

Uranium exploration in Jämtland

Court upholds license for uranium exploration in Oviken, Jämtland: An attempt of Oviken residents to prevent uranium exploration suffered a setback this week, when the Land and Environment Court decided that drilling can continue to at least 2015.
Despite local protests and communal threat of a veto, the County Board (Länsstyrelsen) allowed a Canadian mineral prospector (Continental Precious Minerals) to locate uranium deposits on a property in Oviken since 2011. When the company's license expired last summer and the provincial government granted a two-year extension, the group "No to Uranium mining in Storsjöbygden" made an attempt to stop this by taking the matter to the Land and Environment Court. (Östersunds Posten Mar. 14, 2014)

Jämtland County Council says no to uranium mining: Last week, the County Council of Jämtland said no to uranium mining in Oviken, thus voting against the county board's proposal. (Östersunds Posten Dec. 2, 2013)

Court declares unused uranium exploration licences in Jämtland forfeit: The exploration licenses Hara 1 and Näkten 1 in Fåker were held by the Australian company Aura Energy Ltd since 2007. When the company requested an extension, landowners could show that Aura had never begun drilling for uranium, and therefore should forfeit the right to extend. The Administrative Court ruled in favour of the landowners. The Mining Inspectorate (Bergsstaten) has appealed the decision.
The extension of the exploration license for Marby 1 located between Månsåsen and Hallen was approved, however. (Östersunds Posten Oct. 18, 2013)

Municipalities demand power of veto against uranium prospection in alum shale: A number of municipalities demand the power of veto against the prospection in alum shale. In an open letter to the government the chairman of the municipality board of the 24 affected municipalities and farmer Carl Piper writes that if the shale is mined, the land, groundwater and farming would be threatened for the foreseeable future. Exploration companies are now queuing up to prepare for large-scale mining including uranium and natural gas. (Östersunds Posten June 19, 2013)

Municipalities launch website against uranium mining projects in Oviken: The four municipalities Berg, Östersund and Åre Krokom have launched a joint website where they show their opposition and their shared concerns about the plans for a uranium mining in Oviken. (Östersunds Posten Apr. 29, 2013)
> Oviken - kulturbygd eller gruva (Oviken - cultural traditions or mine)

Demonstration against uranium exploration and mining held in Oviken, Jämtland: On April 3, 2013, a demonstration against uranium exploration and mining was held in Oviken. (Östersunds Posten Apr. 3, 2013)

Activist receives award for opposition to uranium mining projects in Jämtland: The Green Party of Jämtland awards an environmental prize every year and this year's winner is Diana Fernlund of Myrviken, who received the award for her opposition to the exploration and mining of uranium. A few years ago, she started the initiative No to uranium mining in Storsjöbygden , in which she is chairman. (Östersunds Posten Mar. 18, 2013)

New uranium exploration permit awarded in spite of protests of communities: In spite of protests of communities Berg and Åre, Continental Precious Minerals was awarded another exploration permit for uranium in an area called Gåsloken. The permit covers 3,700 hectares and is located in the border area of the two communities. (Östersunds Posten Aug. 8, 2012)
Berg community appealed the newly granted exploration licenses for areas Gåsloken and Brattholmen. (Östersunds Posten Aug. 13, 2012)

Mayors of six communities call for companies to terminate uranium exploration: The municipal councils of Åre, Östersund, Berg, Falköping, Tidaholm, and Skövde called on Continental Precious Minerals, Aura Energy and other uranium exploration companies to voluntarily terminate their exploratory drilling in the area. The message is that it is wasted money because municipalities still will not allow uranium mining. In the case of uranium mining (other than for exploration), municipalities do have veto power. (Östersunds Posten June 25, 2012, Svenska Dagbladet June 24, 2012)
> Download English translation of open letter of mayors, June 20, 2012 (PDF - Nejtilluranbrytning)

Åre municipality lost appeal against uranium exploration: The municipality's veto does not apply, thereby enjoying Australian mineral company Aura Energy clearance to test drilling for uranium in Marby in Åre municipality. The municipality appealed the decision on the grounds that the risk was that heavy metals such as uranium and nickel could end up in the Storsjön Lake. But the Environment Court does not consider the arguments but notes that the municipality's veto power does not include drilling. (Östersunds Posten June 21, 2012)

Court grants landowners' appeal against extension of uranium exploration permit in Jämtland: The administrative court in Luleå has granted the appeal of 11 landowners and canceled the extension of Aura Energy's exploration permit for uranium in an area of Berg and Östersund municipalities. In December 2010, the Mining Inspectorate (Bergsstaten) had extended the exploration permit (issued in 2007) until August 2013. (Östersunds Posten Feb. 14, 2012)

Court rejects municipal vetoes to uranium exploration in Jämtland: The Östersund Land and Environment Court rejects the municipality's appeal of the county administrative board's decision, which gives Aura Energy Sweden AB permission to test drill the exploration permit Häggån No. 1 in the Berg and Åre municipalities. The court finds that the exploration of uranium is not covered by the local government veto. It applies only to the mining of uranium. Berg and Åre municipalities may lodge an appeal at the Svea Court of Appeal within three weeks. (Östersunds Posten Feb. 6, 2012)

Municipality continues to appeal extension of exploration licenses in Oviken: Berg Municipality continues to appeal the decision on extended exploration permits issued for continued uranium exploration in Oviken. This time, the City has appealed the decisions in the areas of Mo, Hackåsen and Kämpdalen.
In a statement to the county of Norrbotten, about the exploration permit relating to Rörön in Oviken, the municipality maintains its previous 'no' and refers to the decision in principle regarding exploration and mining of uranium in Berg, the City Council took in 2007. (Östersunds Posten Oct. 20, 2011)

Group appeals uranium exploration license granted in Oviken, Jämtland: The County Board last week allowed Continental Precious Minerals to explore a land area of Oviken for uranium. The decision will now be appealed by the Association Nej till uran i Storsjöbygden (No to uranium in Storsjöbygden). (Sveriges Radio Oct. 10, 2011)

Berg Municipality opposes the extension of the uranium exploration permits granted to Continental Precious Minerals Inc. in Oviken. The municipality has appealed the decision of the Mining Inspectorate of Sweden (Bergsstaten ). (Östersunds Posten Sep. 20, 2011)

Krokom Municipality has appealed a decision of administrative law that extended the authorization to Aura Energy Ltd for drilling in Åre and Krokom municipalities. Both municipalities had appealed the Mining Inspectorate's decision to extend the time for test drilling, but were not retained in the Board of Auditors.
But Krokom municipality has gone ahead and appealed to the administrative court. The municipality believes that it is a fundamentally important issue, since the area where test drilling to take place is of national interest for the reindeer industry, national interest for outdoor recreation and national interest for outdoor activities. Krokom municipality also refers to the regional environmental objectives adopted in 2006 stipulating that no uranium mining will occur in Jämtland county. (Länstidningen Östersund March 16, 2011)

Around 30 persons held a demonstration in Östersund against uranium exploration by Mawson Resources Ltd. in Rörvattnet. (Östersunds Posten Apr. 7, 2007)

Protests were held at the Kläppibäcken site, where Mawson Resources started drilling for uranium exploration. (Länstidningen i Östersund March 27, 2007)

During a meeting held in Hotagen (Jämtland), residents strongly opposed uranium exploration in the area. (Östersunds Posten Oct. 13, 2006)

The community of Krokom (Jämtland) has decided to appeal Länsstyrelsen's decision to permit uranium exploration by Mawson Resources Ltd. in the area. The decision was also appealed by the Jovnevaeri sameby (Sami Village). (Östersunds Posten Oct. 12, 2006)

On Oct. 10, 2006, Mawson Resources Ltd. announced that the Company has been granted permission to drill the Tåsjö and Kläppibäcken uranium projects in Jämtland, Sweden.

 

Häggån, Jämtland

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Remodelled scoping study shows viability of heavily downsized development options for Häggån uranium mine project: On Dec. 4, 2013, Aura Energy Ltd announced - "given the current market conditions" - the results of remodelling the 2012 scoping study for smaller size options than the originally assumed mining rate of 30 million t per year - "options which are more likely to attract funding than a project with a high initial capital cost". Aura concludes that the remodelling "has demonstrated robust project financials at all scales of operation".

Areva refrains from partnership in Häggån uranium mine project: On July 12, 2013, Aura Energy Ltd announced that AREVA Mines SA has elected not to proceed with the proposed strategic partnership involving the Häggån uranium and polymetallic project announced to the market on 7 February 2013.

Areva selected as preferred strategic partner for Häggån uranium mine project: On Feb. 7, 2013, Aura Energy Ltd announced that it has entered into a binding Co-operation Agreement with Areva Mines SA (Areva). Under the terms of the Co-operation Agreement, Areva will undertake an agreed work program in relation to the project over an initial 4 month period. During the period of the Co-operation Agreement, Aura Energy Ltd and Areva will work in good faith to finalise a pre-feasibility study work program, and also conclude the terms of an Option Agreement and Joint Venture Agreement under which Areva may acquire an interest in the project.

"Global miner" interested in partnership to develop Häggån project: On Oct. 29, 2012, Aura Energy Ltd announced that it had received a second offer from another major uranium market participant (a "global miner") for a partnership to develop the Häggån deposit.

On Aug. 14, 2012, Aura Energy Ltd announced that it signed an Exclusivity Agreement with "a major uranium market participant", in respect of a potential strategic partnership for the Häggån uranium and polymetallic project in Sweden.

On May 29, 2012, Aura Energy Ltd announced that a Revised Scoping Study financial model prepared by independent consultants RMDSTEM confirms that the Häggån Project is financially robust.

On Feb. 7, 2012, Aura Energy Ltd announced that a scoping study confirms the economic viability for a bioheap leach project at Häggån.

 

MMS Viken, Jämtland

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Preparation of mining license application for Viken deposit commissioned: On Feb. 27, 2015, Continental Precious Minerals Inc. announced that it has started the preparations for the filing of a Swedish Exploitation Concession which, if successful, will secure the mineral rights for the next 25 years.
Continental has engaged the international and locally well recognized and experienced company Golder Associates Sweden. Golder will, together with the Swedish consultancy company GeoVista AB, prepare the Exploitation Concession. Extensive environmental and social impact data will be collected by these independent consultants and other specialists, and the data will later be assessed by the Swedish Mining Inspectorate before a granting of an exploitation concession.

On Feb. 6, 2014, Continental Precious Minerals Inc. announced an updated Mineral Resource Estimate and Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA") on its MMS Viken Project in Sweden. The updated PEA is based on acidic bio-heap leaching, as opposed to the fine grinding, tank leaching and roasting approach taken in the 2010 PEA. The mine would produce four products: uranium oxide and concentrates containing nickel, copper and zinc.
According to the Technical Report dated Feb. 27, 2014, the uranium sales price assumed for the study is US$ 60 per lb U3O8, while the current spot price is $35.50.

On Sept. 13, 2010, Continental Precious Minerals Inc. announced positive results from the preliminary economic assessment ("PEA") (also called a scoping study) on its MMS Viken Licence and surrounding licences in Sweden.

 

Närke uranium-oil project, Örebro County

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Environmental base line study commissioned over Närke oil-uranium project: On July 15, 2014, URU Metals Ltd announced the appointment of environmental consultants Pelagia Miljökonsult AB to lead a base line environmental study over the Närke Oil-Uranium Project. The Study is an essential constituent in an application for a Mining Concession and Environmental Permit.

 


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Music once composed for campaign against uranium mining on Orkney Islands played at Royal Wedding

The Orkney-based master of the Queen's music [...] will be among the musicians whose work will ring through the majestic surroundings of Westminster Abbey today (Apr. 29). Prince William and Kate Middleton chose to include Farewell to Stromness by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in their service because it featured in Charles and Camilla's 2005 blessing.
Sir Peter, who lives on the Orkney island of Sanday, wrote Farewell to Stromness in 1980 as a piano composition for The Yellow Cake Revue - a protest against plans to mine uranium ore in Orkney. It has been chosen as well as his Veni Creator Spiritus, and will be played by the London Chamber Orchestra as members of the Royal Family and other VIPs take their seats. A St James's Palace spokesman said the royal couple had chosen it as "a personal touch and an acknowledgement of William's father and the Duchess of Cornwall". [...] (Press and Journal Apr. 29, 2011)

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