Uranium mines threatening long-term ecological catastrophe

Gremlins must have entered Sarah Arnott’s article (“Rolls-Royce eyes cut of £50bn nuclear market”, 17 July) for her to write, “In the face of growing pressure to replace existing dirty power sources with environmentally friendly alternatives, nuclear is firmly back on the agenda”.  With the spoil from uranium mines threatening long-term ecological catastrophe across the indigenous peoples’ lands from Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, eastern Germany, Russia, Namibia to the USA, and some nuclear waste remaining highly hazardous for hundreds of thousands of years, with no long-term solution yet achieved for its management, the last thing nuclear energy can be described as is “environmentally-friendly”.

Independent letters 23rd July 2008

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