Uranium mining and First Peoples: the nuclear renaissance confronts historical legacies

Graetz, Geordan (2014) Uranium mining and First Peoples: the nuclear renaissance confronts historical legacies. Journal of Cleaner Production, 84 1: 339-347. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.03.055

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Author Graetz, Geordan
Title Uranium mining and First Peoples: the nuclear renaissance confronts historical legacies
Journal name Journal of Cleaner Production   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-6526
Publication date 2014-12
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.03.055
Open Access Status
Volume 84
Issue 1
Start page 339
End page 347
Total pages 9
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Forecasts of an increase in nuclear electricity generation would require a commensurate increase in the mining of uranium; however, there are a number of impediments to its successful extraction. These include government regulation, bans on uranium mining and exploration, and environmental, waste management and nuclear proliferation concerns. While literature on these issues exists, less is known about the effects of community opposition to uranium developments, particularly from First Peoples. This area of study is important for uranium companies, as 70 per cent of uranium deposits are located on the traditional lands of First Peoples. Crucially, the history and legacy of relationships between First Peoples and uranium companies would suggest that opposition by host communities could disrupt future uranium production. This paper explores these issues and reviews the experiences of First Peoples and uranium companies in Australia, Canada, the United States and several African states. It argues that if companies were to prioritise more respectful engagement with host communities, social and business risks may be reduced and more mutually beneficial development outcomes may be achieved.
Keyword First peoples
Nuclear renaissance
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 1 April 2014.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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