Nuclear Fuel Mining in Niger

In one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking last in the Human Development Index of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where more than 40% of children are underweight for their age, water and access to improved water sources is scarce and almost three quarters of the population are illiterate, the French nuclear giant AREVA extracts precious–and deadly–natural resources, earning billions for its Fortune 5002 corporation, and leaving little behind but centuries of environmental pollution and health risks for the citizens of Niger.

From this (PDF) report.


  1. #1 Stevarious
    March 22, 2011

    Mmmm, delicious nuclear waste! So tasty!

    Oh, wait. It’s not delicious at all!

  2. #2 Giliell
    March 23, 2011

    That’s one of the annoying dishonesties of nuke-promoters: They are quick to point out to the dangers and pollution of coal mining, but they act as if the rods just appear in the plants by magic and then disappear by magic afterwards.

  3. #3 Zane
    March 23, 2011

    I feel sorry for Nigerian. It sounds like AREVA takes advantages with no responsibility.