Wednesday, November 10, 2004

DRC: UN says "uranium" mine should remain closed

A UN team has said that the Shinkolobwe uranium mine should remain closed. The team was there to investigate the safety of the mine after a shaft collapse killed eight people earlier this year.
The mine had been exploited for uranium but closed before the country gained independence in the 1960s by sealing the main shafts with concrete. In the late 1990s, artisanal mining for cobalt was allowed, leading to uncontrolled and dangerous mining activities. No evidence of uranium mining was found. (source)