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The new Greenland government (Naalakkersuisut) is preparing to outlaw uranium mining, reinstating and strengthening a ban that the national assembly had overturned in 2013, local media reported on 12 July. A month-long public consultation period began on 2 July for a proposed bill that would prohibit uranium mining as well as the feasibility studies and exploration activities that must be completed before a mining project can be considered for a licence to begin operation.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
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In 2013, Greenland’s parliament voted in favour of lifting a ban on the extraction of uranium. Courtesy Chrissy from Chicago/Wikipedia. Greenland has granted the French company Orano two exploration permits for uranium, unconfirmed reports said.

The national Sermitsiaq newspaper said the permits were granted with special terms, meaning Orano cannot automatically expect exploration to lead to the granting of exploitation permits.

Sermitsiaq said one area covers about 1,000 sq km to the north of the village of Arsuk in southwest Greenland. The second is 2,485 sq km and consists of two sub-areas around the Ilulileq fjord in southern Greenland and the Kangerlussuatsiaq fjord in wester Greenland.

In 2013, Greenland’s parliament voted in favour of lifting the country’s long-standing ban on the extraction of radioactive materials, including uranium, a move that could enable a separate, more advance mining project at Kvanefjeld to proceed. The project is the subject of a feasibility study to evaluate a mining operation to produce uranium, rare earth elements and zinc.

Date: Saturday, 30 January 2021
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Finland’s Posiva, Sweden’s Svensk Kärnbränslehantering (SKB) and Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organisation have collaborated on a five-year, (2008-2013) research project, The Greenland Analogue Project (GAP), investigating ice sheet conditions, in relation to the long-term management of used nuclear fuel in a deep geological repository. The focus of the study, the Greenland Ice Sheet, is the second largest ice sheet in the world and comparable to the ice sheets predicted to extend over both Scandinavia and Canada in the future.

Date: Tuesday, 13 September 2016
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Radioactive waste buried at a former US military base in Greenland could find its way to the ocean as the icecaps melt, according to Dirk van As, a climate researcher from the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS). The Camp Century base, established under the ice east of the Thule Air Base in 1959 by the US Army, used a mobile nuclear reactor as an energy source for the around 200 resident soldiers and researchers. When the operation, Project Iceworm, was abandoned in 1966, the US told the Danish government it would clean up the site, but a large amount of low-level radiation waste and toxic PCBs remained.

Date: Tuesday, 23 August 2016
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Greenland Minerals and Energy (GME) has welcomed promises by Greenland's parliament to fast-track necessary reviews so that the country's uranium policy can be finalised.

Date: Wednesday, 28 November 2012
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A group of arctic researchers are aboard the nuclear-powered icebreaker Yamal in search of a new home.

Date: Friday, 04 September 2009
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