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The following companies are performing uranium prospection and/or exploration in the Czech Republic: Kaboko Mining Ltd (formerly Uran Ltd)
Uranium mining in the Czech Republic is opposed by Calla , Strana Zelených Janův Důl , Naše Podještědí
Environmental Ministry rejects determination of exploration area for uranium near Věžnice:
On Thursday (Jan. 21), after nine years, the Ministry of the Environment rejected Urania Mining's request to determine an exploration area for uranium ore prospects near Věžnice in the Jihlava region.
(ČTK Jan. 25, 2021)
> Download: Ministry Decision, Jan. 21, 2021 (232kB PDF - in Czech)
Group opposes reopening of uranium exploration and mining at Brzkov:
The Ministry of Industry and Trade is preparing to resume inefficient and dirty uranium mining in the Czech Republic. The state enterprise DIAMO asked the Ministry of the Environment to determine the exploration area for exploration of the exclusive deposit of radioactive minerals Brzkov in order to prepare the opening of this deposit. For this purpose, an oral hearing is held at the Municipal Office in Brzkov near Jihlava.
The application is contrary to the Government's Raw Material Policy, and the public interest in the eventual mining of such a small amount of uranium ore from its underground cannot exceed the interest of the inhabitants of the affected municipalities in a healthy environment. Consequently, Calla - the Environmental Protection Association, as party to the proceedings, proposed to reject the application. (Calla Dec. 11, 2019)
Mayors of four municipalities oppose Brzkov uranium mine project: The mayors of the municipalities of Přibyslav, Brzkov, Věžnice and Polná called state company DIAMO and the Minister of Industry and Trade to stop the procedure for expansion of the protected deposit area, otherwise they would take legal action. (iDNES Apr. 14, 2016)
Communities and residents demand participation in process for delineation of areas reserved for mineral development at Brzkov: On Mar. 18, 2016, about 7 dozen people protested in Brzkov against the alleged arrogance of the Minister of Industry and Trade (MPO) Jan Mládek (ČSSD). Municipalities and cities will turn to the government to demand that they, together with the landowners, become parties to the extension of the protected deposit area. (denik.cz Mar. 19, 2016)
Czech Cabinet approves preparation of study on possible uranium mining in Brzkov: The government on Monday (Dec. 22) approved the proposal by Industry Minister Jan Mladek (CSSD) to prepare a study on any uranium mining in Brzkov (Jihlava), according to information on the website of the Cabinet . The local group Our future without uranium and environmental organization Calla sharply criticized the government for inducing more mining and water pollution. (Deník Dec. 23, 2014)
Petition against Brzkov uranium mine project supported by over 1,500 people:
The opponents of uranium mining in Brzkov concluded the collection of signatures for a petition, which will be sent to the Prime Minister and the government. It is assumed that the petition was supported by over 1,500 people.
(Deník Sep. 26, 2014)
At seventeen hundred people signed a petition against the start of mining uranium ore at Brzkov in the Jihlava. The Brzkov-based society Naše budoucnost bez uranu, z. s. (Our future without uranium) sent the sheets with the signatures to the Government Office this week. (Deník Oct. 20, 2014)
Demonstration against reopening of Brzkov uranium mine: On Sunday (Sep. 7), Brzkov witnessed a protest march in which people expressed opposition to the possible mining of uranium in the deposit near the village. 150 people came. (Deník Sep. 8, 2014)
Town council's opposition to reopening of Brzkov uranium mine continues: The 2008 resolution of the town council refusing any uranium mining operations still applies, according to Brzkov mayor Petr Pometlo. (iDnes Apr. 3, 2014)
Czech government considers re-opening of Brzkov uranium mine:
The Czech government is considering plans to re-open a uranium mine near Jihlava after deposits at the country's sole currently operating Rožná mine are exhausted. During his visit to the site on Monday (Mar. 31), Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said the government was ready to support future uranium mining which would create hundreds of jobs in the region.
State-owned mining firm Diamo would like to continue extracting uranium even after economical reserves at the Rožná mine, some 50 km northwest of Brno, are depleted. Rožná is the only operational uranium mine in central Europe but its remaining deposits of around 500 tonnes will be exhausted in several years' time. When that happens, Diamo would like to continue mining at Brzkov, a site near Jihlava with an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 tonnes of uranium ore. The firm says it would take some six or seven years before the launch of operations there; mining would go on for about 16 years, providing "hundreds of jobs", the company said. The Brzkov deposit, located some 300 metres beneath the surface, was prospected in the late 1980s when over 60 tonnes of uranium ore was extracted.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said if no major objections to the plan were raised, the government should support the idea to maintain employment levels in the region. Mr Sobotka also suggested that technologies guaranteeing the least possible environmental impact from mining would have to be used. However, plans to mine for uranium at Brzkov have met with opposition from environmentalists and local communities. Evard Sequens of the NGO Calla questioned the effectiveness of the plan. The government would have to invest billions to reopen the mine and to extend the capacity of existing processing facilities. (Radio Prague Mar. 31, 2014)
The mined ore will be transported by rail to the Dolní Rožínka mill (near the Rožná mine) for processing. (Deník Mar. 31, 2014)
The Czech government proposes to assess the possibility of uranium mining at Brzkov and Horní Věžnice near Jihlava.
But environmental association Calla warned that uranium mining causes environmental problems and will be very costly. (ČTK July 19, 2012)
On Apr. 23, 2008, a Czech town council turned down an Australian mining company's call that it be allowed to launch exploration for reserves of uranium in return for a cash windfall. Přibyslav councillors rejected an offer from Australian company Uran Ltd for it to be allowed to explore what are believed to be rich uranium deposits in the centre of the country, the ČTK news agency reported. The Australian company offered 800,000 koruna (31,000 euros, 46,300 US dollars) a year while exploration work continued and 1.6 million koruna a year when commercial mining commenced. It wanted council backing in order to overturn previous environment ministry rejections of its exploration bids. Přibyslav was one of the company's main targets because around 7,500 tonnes of uranium is believed to be present at nearby Brzkov. (AFP Apr. 23, 2008)
On Jan. 4, 2008, Uran Ltd announced that the Czech Ministry of Environment has declined Uran Ltd's Brzkov exploration license application. Uran Ltd has lodged an appeal against the decision.
State mining company Diamo, which submitted an analysis of renewed uranium mining to the ministry, now plans to reopen a mine in Brzkov-Veznice. (Prague Business Journal, Feb. 18, 1999)
The Czech Ministry of Environment rejected an appeal against the denial of the establishment of an exploration area requested by Urania Mining s.r.o. at Osečná-Kotel. (Naše Podještědí/Calla Mar. 31, 2015)
The Czech Ministry of Environment again rejected the establishment of an exploration area requested by Urania Mining s.r.o. at Osečná-Kotel. (Naše Podještědí Oct. 24, 2014)
On Nov. 29, 2011, Uran Ltd announced a name change to Kaboko Mining Ltd .
On Oct. 13, 2011, Czech Environment Minister Tomáš Chalupa turned down an appeal of Urania Mining s.r.o. against a decision of Oct. 26, 2010, denying the opening of the Osečná-Kotel area for uranium prospection and exploration.
> Download Decision (754k PDF in Czech - Naše Podještědí)
Czech Environment Minister Martin Bursík turned down an appeal of Urania Mining s.r.o. against an earlier decision denying the exploration of the Osečná-Kotel uranium deposit. (MF Dnes Feb. 13, 2009)
On September 20, 2008, 200 people held a demonstration at Kotel at the occasion of the European Uranium Action Day .
On June 7, 2008, 300 people held a demonstration at Osečná against mining of the Osečná-Kotel uranium deposit near Liberec. (ČTK June 7, 2008)
The Czech Ministry of the Environment (MŽP) has denied requests by Urania Mining s.r.o. for the mining of uranium at Osečná-Kotel and Ploužnice near Liberec. The company has lodged appeals against the decisions. (ČTK June 6, 2008)
The Czech Environment Ministry declared the Kotel municipality near Liberec a protected deposit area in which uranium could be mined, the Prima television station reported on Apr. 29, 2008. The deposit contains some 20,000 tonnes of uranium ore, worth billions of crowns. It was Diamo state company that applied that the uranium deposits in the Podještědí area be protected, Prima reported. "We do not plan mining at all," Diamo production deputy director Marian Boehm told Prima. People from local municipalities fear that uranium mining would further harm the environment and force them to move away. (Prague Daily Monitor Apr. 30, 2008)
On April 11, 2008, approximately 100 people gathered in Liberec in front of the local branch of the Environmental Ministry to protest against the securing of the Osečná-Kotel uranium deposit for future mining.
On Jan. 26, 2008, some 300 people gathered near Osečná for another demonstration against the securing of the Osečná-Kotel uranium deposit for future mining. "The Environment Ministry will probably make a decision on the declaration of a protected ore deposit by the end of February. However, neither plot owners, nor municipalities and their inhabitants have the right to participate in the proceedings and interfere in the process under the Communist era's mining law from 1988," protest organiser Josef Jadrný (Greens) explained. "A new law is only being prepared and we demand that the ministry's decision in the case be postponed by the time it takes effect," Jadrný added. (ČTK Jan. 26, 2008)
On Dec. 30, 2007, several hundred people held a demonstration at Osečná against the securing of the Osečná-Kotel uranium deposit for future mining. (ČTK Dec. 30, 2007)
State-owned company Diamo s.p. is attempting to secure the Osečná-Kotel uranium deposit for future open-pit mining. The deposit is located near the former Hamr uranium mine and Stráž uranium mill in North Bohemia. The surrounding communities are opposed to this move, since they are in the process of transforming the area into a recreational area and they are still dealing with the legacy of the large-scale uranium mining carried out during the Cold War era.
If the Environmental Ministry acknowledges the deposit as a "protected deposit", Diamo could start mining after conducting an Environmental Impact Assessment process. (Calla Nov./Dec. 2007)
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