Lack of formal audits in Namibian uranium mine

REPORT | 13 September 2010

A new report by Swedwatch shows that there are shortcomings in Vattenfall’s control of Rössinggruvan and questions regarding the responsibility for long-term control of the mining area after closure.

Information from workers at Rössinggruvan in Namibia indicates poor or inadequate information about health and environmental problems at the uranium mining. Interviews with local people reveals details of longstanding respiratory problems, cancer and vague ill health, which according to themselves are effects of the work in the mine. Vattenfall believes that there are other reasons for workers’ possible health problems.

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