Folks may be interested in this technical paper looking at the question of whether uranium can act as an endocrine disruptor. Conclusion of 34 page study:
Our data supports the conclusion that uranium is an endocrine disrupting chemical and populations exposed to environmental uranium should be followed for increased risk of fertility problems and reproductive cancers.
But that doesn’t matter to those who want more, more, more. In fact, with the multinational medical corporations now into uranium, it seems to me they are creating the need for their medical equipment. That’s an ideal situation, for a corporation.
GE Plans Partnerships With Uranium Miners for Nuclear (Update4)
By Lars Paulsson
Jan. 17 (Bloomberg) — General Electric Co., the world’s biggest maker of power-generation equipment, plans to form partnerships with uranium companies to develop its nuclear business and improve access to the fuel that runs reactors.
GE’s atomic unit is holding talks with “several miners, millers and converters” to find partners after agreeing last year to use a new technology from Australia’s Silex Systems Ltd. to expand into fuel enrichment, said Andrew White, chief executive officer of GE Nuclear in Wilmington, North Carolina.
“We’re in serious conversations, and I think we will do something in the first half of this year,” White said today in an interview in London. He wouldn’t name the companies, citing confidentiality agreements. “Obviously, if we’re going into enrichment, we need the feedstock.”
General Electric, competing with companies including Areva SA, the world’s biggest builder of reactors, and Toshiba Corp.’s Westinghouse Electric Co., is developing its nuclear business into a more integrated company with reactors, servicing and fuel supply, to some extent mirroring France’s Areva.
“Any good customer we’re willing to get into bed with,” said Peter Farmer, chief executive officer of Denison Mines Corp., a Toronto-based uranium miner, who wouldn’t say whether his company is in specific discussions. “In our case, it just makes sense to offset some of the risk of going into a new mine.”
General Electric may be talking with Cameco Corp., Areva or ConverDyn, the only uranium converter in the U.S., Max Layton, an analyst with Macquarie Bank Ltd. in London, said today in a telephone interview. They are the main Western producers, he said. Converters refine the uranium by turning it into a gas before it’s enriched.