Petition created by Hindol Bhattacharjee

Why This Is Important

This is important because throughout the four decades, this mine owned by the Indian Government, is the key source of Uranium. Jaduguda is an underground uranium mine, which commenced operations in 1967. The ore Grade is around 0.06%, a grade so low it would not be considered worth recovering in other Countries. 1600-2000 feet below the surface, the Mine workforce works without protective clothing to bring the ore to the surface.

Ore is brought to the Jaduguda mill in open trucks from the nearby Bhatin and Narwapahar Mines. These trucks sometimes partly covered by Tarpaulins and occasionally carrying workers perched on top of the load are a familiar sight on the narrow roads linking the mines. These dusty Roads also run through the middle of the villages and are littered with loose rock fallen from the Overloaded trucks. Seeing children and livestock picking through piles of uranium ore is enough to give the casual visitor a feel for how safety standards are observed at the mine. The ore is crushed to a fine powder in the Jaduguda mill and is then chemically treated (an Acid leach process) to remove the uranium with most of the uranium removed, the remaining 99.94% of the mined rock is left as waste. Jaduguda produces around 200 tones of uranium in the form of yellowcake-U3O8 a year, and has a processing capacity of around 1000 tones of ore per day. By rough calculation, this means that UCIL is mining, crushing and then dumping around 330,000 – 360,000 tonnes of rock every year. But due to this the people of that area is suffering from cancer, premature abortion, lung cancer and from various diseases. four decades ago the land was taken from them and the inhabitants were given a token amount of money and job in the mine. But we can not let it go like this. It is a matter not only of pollution but also of dangers from which people of Jadugoda is suffering from.

 

Petition against the inhuman mining project at Jadugoda

To stop mining project at Jadugodaa

People are suffering from various diseases due to the Uranium mine and radio activity

I just signed the following petition addressed to: The President of India.

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To stop mining project at Jadugodaa

This is important because throughout the four decades, this mine owned by the Indian Government, is the key source of Uranium. Jaduguda is an underground uranium mine, which commenced operations in 1967. The ore Grade is around 0.06%, a grade so low it would not be considered worth recovering in other Countries. 1600-2000 feet below the surface, the Mine workforce works without protective clothing to bring the ore to the surface.
Ore is brought to the Jaduguda mill in open trucks from the nearby Bhatin and Narwapahar Mines. These trucks sometimes partly covered by Tarpaulins and occasionally carrying workers perched on top of the load are a familiar sight on the narrow roads linking the mines. These dusty Roads also run through the middle of the villages and are littered with loose rock fallen from the Overloaded trucks. Seeing children and livestock picking through piles of uranium ore is enough to give the casual visitor a feel for how safety standards are observed at the mine. The ore is crushed to a fine powder in the Jaduguda mill and is then chemically treated (an Acid leach process) to remove the uranium with most of the uranium removed, the remaining 99.94% of the mined rock is left as waste. Jaduguda produces around 200 tones of uranium in the form of yellowcake-U3O8 a year, and has a processing capacity of around 1000 tones of ore per day. By rough calculation, this means that UCIL is mining, crushing and then dumping around 330,000 – 360,000 tonnes of rock every year. But due to this the people of that area is suffering from cancer, premature abortion, lung cancer and from various diseases. four decades ago the land was taken from them and the inhabitants were given a token amount of money and job in the mine. But we can not let it go like this. It is a matter not only of pollution but also of dangers from which people of Jadugoda is suffering from.

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