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[cdn-nucl-l] Czech uranium mining to continue to 2003
C A R O L I N A No 394, Thursday, November 16, 2000
Government Extends Uranium Mining
The government confirmed November 8 that uranium mining in the
Czech Republic will be extended till 2003. Trade Minister Miroslav
Gregr's proposal to put off the termination of uranium mining by two
years was successful. The proposal consists of exploiting the full yield
of the Rozna mine and setting the winding-up date as late as January 1,
2004, said government speaker Libor Roucek.
The Environment Ministry criticized the plan for not being
economical. According to the ministry, the decision also contradicts an
agreement with the EU on ceasing the mining by the end of 2001.
The state-owned mining company Diamo demanded that the mining be
extended, because they have a five-year contract with the Czech Electric
Company (Ceske energeticke zavody, CEZ) on the supply of uranium to the
Temelin and Dukovany nuclear power plants. Diamo is to cover CEZ's needs
fully until 2003; it should supply 50 per cent and 20 per cent of the
uranium in the following years.
Past issues of Carolina are available at the address www.cuni.cz/carolina.