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Article

2 Apr 2014

Author:
William Nyirenda, Citizens for Justice, in EJOLT

Paladin lies to Malawi Government on its Kayelekera uranium mine

...Paladin Energy Limited announced that production at Kayelekera Uranium Mine (KUM) had been halted citing the continuous downward trend in global uranium prices as the main reason...Following the retrenchment of workers at KUM, it becomes obvious that there would be a significant reduction in capacity to operate programs on radiation pollution control and monitoring at the mine. Malawians fear the consequences of this closure because the government to date still does not have the capacity to monitor or control radiation pollution...Greg Walker further revealed that the tailings dam is now full and thus they soon need to start releasing ‘treated’ water back into the environment before the tailings dam overflows. Paladin was supposed to build a second tailings dam, but this never happened. [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Paladin to respond - response provided]

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Malawi: NGO warns of radiation pollution after Paladin Energy's mine closure - includes company response

Paladin lawsuit (re Malawi)