Namibia: NGO report says uranium workers at Rossing Uranium / Rio Tinto mine exposed to health risks

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17 June 2009

Response by Rössing Uranium: NGO report says uranium workers at Rössing Uranium / Rio Tinto mine exposed to health risks.

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9 June 2009

[DOC] [Rössing Uranium response to health concerns raised in LaRRI report - Namibia]

Author: Rossing Uranium (part of Rio Tinto)

The report conveniently ignores the material facts that Rio Tinto and Rössing Uranium have always placed the highest priority on health and safety, using both local and international standards. Over the years, Rössing has been recognized by independent consultants as one of the world's safest mines.

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12 May 2009

Uranium workers Namibia unaware of severe health risks

Author: SOMO, Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations

Uranium workers in Namibia still fear for their health and lifestyle due to the environmental impact of uranium mining while concessions for mine companies continue to be granted by the government...The research was conducted into the environmental, labour and human rights conditions at Namibia’s largest uranium mine: Rössing Uranium (Rio Tinto Group).

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1 February 2009

[PDF] Uranium mining in Namibia - The mystery behind ‘low level radiation’

Author: H. Shindondola-Mote, LaRRI (Labour Resource & Research Institute)

Although the mine owners continue to deny the health risks associated with uranium mining, workers at mines are continuously exposed to some levels of radiation doses...In Namibia general knowledge and awareness about the nuclear industry and its complex impact on humans and the environment is negligible...Namibia therefore needs a clear strategy to evaluate the sustainability, ethics and responsibility of external investment in the extractive sectors. [also refers to Langer Heinrich Uranium (part of Paladin Energy), Husab Extract Resources, Goanikonte Bannerman Resources, Tubas Reptile Uranium Namibia (part of Deep Yellow), UraMin, Areva, Forsys, Korea Electric Power, Renova, Vneshtorgbank]

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