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17 Jul 2007

Pilirani Semu-Banda, Inter Press Service

Malawi: Uranium Mining Sparks Controversy

Malawi will have its first-ever modern mining project located in the northern town of Kayelekera in Karonga by early next year if plans by an Australian mining company, Paladin (Africa) Limited, are successful...controversy has been dogging the project since its hatching stages with fears from the public that the mining of uranium poses serious health hazards, such as cancer and disability in infants due to radiation...An information brochure from the mining company says Paladin will ‘‘carefully’’ monitor the radiation which people at the mine will be exposed to and will ensure that levels are always as low as can be achieved reasonably...

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Malawi: NGOs raise health & environmental concerns over proposed Paladin uranium mine - company says it will mitigate impacts

Paladin lawsuit (re Malawi)