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Members of Parliament Did Not Agree with Uranium Mining Ban
Dec 10, 09 08:56AM
(Translated from Slovak):
Bratislava, Slovakia - December 9, 2009 (SME.sk) The proposal of SDKU-DS MP Jarmila Tkacova will not proceed to the second reading, as members of the parliament rejected her amendment to the mining law. Under the initiative, a 12-year moratorium on mining of radioactive materials would have been imposed. The amendment to the mining law, which was sponsored by an opposition MP, was submitted also in connection with Greenpeace's petition asking for a ban on uranium mining in Slovakia.
MP Tkacova has failed for the second time in her attempt to block uranium mining in Slovakia. She submitted first a proposal to stop uranium mining at the earlier October parliamentary session, which was also rejected in the first reading.
The greatest known uranium deposit in Slovakia is located close to eastern Slovakia town of Kosice -- Jahodna (Kuriskova) site. In the last years, several exploration and mining companies emerged in Slovakia. In Slovakia, uranium exploration areas exceed 400 square kilometers in total, claim Greenpeace activists. A majority of license permits for geological exploration of uranium resources in Slovakia are held by foreign companies from Canada and Australia.