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Uranium Stewardship

 

The Namibian uranium companies, through the NUA, are working together in building a program of uranium stewardship that supports the World Nuclear Associations “Uranium Stewardship Principles” to guide efforts by its members to collaborate on critical issues of product safety, security and non-proliferation.

URANIUM STEWARDSHIP PRINCIPLES
The global nuclear power industry is committed to work cooperatively to ensure that uranium and its by-products are managed in a safe, environmentally, economically and socially responsible manner.

 

  1. Uranium Stewardship is a program of action by the global nuclear power industry to put that commitment into practice.
  2. The central idea of Uranium Stewardship is to share responsibility between all players in every sector of the nuclear fuel cycle – from exploration and mining, to spent fuel recycling and management, from the production of medical resources to the operation of nuclear power plants – to work with all other sectors to give effect to stewardship principles.
  3. The NUA’s Uranium Stewardship Principles reflect and are consistent with the global principles being developed under the auspices of the World Nuclear Association (WNA).
  4. The NUA is developing plans for working with other sectors to implement stewardship principles.
  5. The NUA’s Principles are additional to the broader Namibian minerals industry’s commitment to sustainable development.
  6. Through the Principles, the Namibia Uranium industry aims to engage the public and earn trust for the exploration, mining and export of uranium.
  7. Recognising that Uranium Stewardship is a responsibility shared by all players in every sector of the nuclear fuel cycle, the Namibian uranium industry will work together in a spirit of cooperation with other sectors to give effect to these principles and commits to:

 

  • The safe and peaceful use of nuclear technology;
  • Continual improvement of our quality, health, safety, security and environmental performance to minimise the impacts of our activities on people and the environment;
  • Contribute to social and economic development of the communities where we operate;
  • Recognition of fundamental human rights;
  • Open, honest and transparent communication;
  • Operate ethically with sound corporate governance;
  • Share knowledge to encourage widespread adoption of best practices;
  • Act responsibly in the areas that we manage and control, and share our concern in other sectors of the nuclear fuel cycle;
  • Provide responsible sourcing, use and management of uranium and all its by-products;
  • As an industry, regularly communicate progress on the implementation of the principles to our stakeholders and review and update them as necessary.