U.S. uranium reserves ‘could become an environmental disaster’
Posted On August 1, 2021
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday he has warned of the risks posed by U.K.-based mines that would be needed to produce uranium in Europe.
He made the remarks as he toured the U.R.E. mine in eastern Ukraine, a key European uranium producer.
Guterre said the European Union needs to act to protect its own uranium supply from such mines and the risks they pose to its citizens.
“If we do not take urgent action to protect our uranium supplies from the risks that can arise from the uncontrolled exploitation of uranium mines, the U,N.
risks a potentially catastrophic environmental disaster,” Guterrez said.
Guters said the U and the European Community have agreed to jointly explore and develop new energy resources.
He also called for an end to the blockade of the eastern Ukrainian province of Donetsk.
“The blockade has been a disaster for Ukraine, for its people and for the world.
We cannot tolerate it any longer,” he said.
The blockade of Ukraine, in place since March 2014, has blocked access to some key energy resources and has damaged the country’s infrastructure and infrastructure of other countries in the region.
A U.A.E.-based group of activists has reported that the mines are being used for uranium production, but the European Commission has not said whether it believes the mines have the capacity to produce the fuel for nuclear reactors.
The mine is owned by a consortium of companies that includes Rosatom, Russia’s state nuclear energy corporation, and the state-run uranium miner Novatek.
Gitarres said the mining industry in Ukraine is facing difficulties because of the blockade, but he added that the company has decided to start new projects.
“We will use the new mines in the same way that we will use any of the existing mines.
They are new.
They will become an investment for the people,” Guters told the Ural-21 conference in Russia.
In March, Ukraine announced that it had signed an agreement with Russia’s Rosatom to build a uranium mine in the Donbass region of Ukraine.
That agreement, however, has not been signed yet and will be signed when Guterrels visit Ukraine.