Independent monitoring at Paladin’s Kayelekera Uranium Mine in Malawi

Mining in Malawi

Kayelekera Uranium Open Pit Kayelekera Uranium Mine Open Pit (Rachel Etter, October 2014)

This week nuclear physics engineer Bruno Chareyron is visiting Malawi’s Kayelekera Uranium Mine to collect water samples and to provide feedback on radiation monitoring conducted in May 2012. In January, allegations were made against Paladin Africa, a subsidiary of ASX-listed Paladin Energy, that the company was releasing “toxic water” into the environment.

Civil society organisations through the Natural Resources Justice Network, government officials (from the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining) and company representatives will take part in the meetings with Chareyron, who is head of the laboratory at the French non-governmental, non-profit organisation CRIIRAD (Commission for Independent Research and Information about RADiation). CRIIRAD works to improve information and protection of the public against ionising radiation and radioactivity. Its monitoring around Kayelekera has been funded through the Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade (EJOLT) project.

This week, the EJOLT project published an…

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