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29 Dec 2014

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Malawi 24

Local NGOs accuse Paladin Energy of discharging uranium-contaminated sludge in Lake Malawi

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"Paladin Accused of Discharging Uranium-Contaminated Sludge in Lake Malawi"

A coalition of Malawi civil society organisations (CSOs) has accused Paladin Energy Ltd, a company that is mining Uranium ore at Kayerekera in the northern district of Karonga over reports the mining company is secretly discharging into Lake Malawi uranium contaminated sludge from the tailings dam at the mining site. Renowned human rights activist, Rafiq Hajat shared a report compiled by a members of the Natural Resources Justice Network (NRJN) in which it is alleged paladin is discharging uranium sludge from Kayerekera into Lake Malawi. "A radius of 35 km from the Boma, you will be shocked to see fish of different species dead with some communities along the lakeshore collecting [the fish]. Collectiong as part of their relish. The cause not yet known. Reports from the Beach Village Chairman indicates that this started in late November but Government was not forth coming (sich)" reads part of the post.

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Malawi: Local NGOs accuse Paladin Energy of discharging uranium-contaminated sludge in Lake Malawi; company refutes allegations

Paladin lawsuit (re Malawi)