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Is That Granite Worth More as Kitchen Countertops or as Uranium Fuel?

Posted in Recent Info on the testing effort by Administrator on the July 11th, 2008

Christina found this tussle between an Uranium mine and a stone quarry over an overlapping mining lease. Seems both want the stone for different reasons.

Fight over granite deposit

Nuclear fuel or countertops? Who would think such a question would be asked?

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  1. tdixon said,

    on July 29th, 2008 at 6:47 am

    It seems that the issue of radon in granite is a legitimate concern that ought to be discussed among the scientific community, and disseminated to the industry as the best scientific evidence collected. The vitriol exhibited by many in this forum is both shameful and unprofessional. I think intelligent individuals can have a serious debate, invite experts to the table and come to a general conclusion….(although the debate over “Global Warming” has it’s own controversy) without all the name calling and childish rhetoric.

  2. Administrator said,

    on July 29th, 2008 at 7:48 am

    Excellent point tddixon, however, scientists, fabricators and the competition has been trying mighty hard the last 14 years to get the MIA’s attention. If you knew that the MIA was previously warned of a credible threat, would you change your views?

    So, the MIA won’t listen, but they can be made to listen.

    As to shameful, unprofessional, childish rhetoric or name calling, would you point out specific examples so they can be addressed?

    I would love to have a serious debate on these issues, which is why I created a place where personal attacks will be dealt with quickly and firmly. I would much rather someone point out an offense than respond in kind.

    Welcome to the group, feel free to comment on anything posted. Please bring facts that support your position, they will be taken seriously.

  3. Administrator said,

    on August 3rd, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Some new info on this battle between the granite quarry and the Uranium mine has shown up.

    “High Court Motion
    The High Court Motion brought against the Minister of Mines and Energy
    (MME) by Savanna Marble CC (Savanna) is ongoing and preliminary
    affidavits have been submitted to the court. Although the Motion has
    been brought against the MME, Bannerman Mining Resources (Namibia)
    (Pty) Ltd (Bannerman) is second respondent to the Motion which relates
    to EPL3345 (Welwitschia).

    On 14 April 2008, Savanna amended its Notice of Motion to include a
    claim that the MME was ‘functus officio’, in effect claiming that the
    Minister did not have the power to grant EPL3345 when he purported to
    grant the licence to Bannerman on 16 April 2006.

    Bannerman submitted answering and opposing affidavits on 30 May 2008.

    The MME filed three affidavits on 30 June 2008 opposing the claims by
    Savanna. The affidavits were sworn by Mr Errki Nghimtina, the Minister
    of Mines and Energy, Mr Erasmus Iiyambo Shivolo, the Director of Mines
    and the Acting Mining Commissioner and Dr Gabriele I. C. Schneider, the
    Director of Geological Surveys at the Ministry of Mines and Energy.

    Savanna now has the opportunity to submit responding affidavits after
    which Bannerman will approach the President Judge of the Namibian High
    Court to seek a hearing date.

    Bannerman has council on the merits of Savanna’s claim and expects to
    receive advice once all of the affidavit evidence has been filed.”


  4. on September 12th, 2008 at 5:28 am

    [...] Fighting over the same granite, countertops or nuclear fuel? [...]

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