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View to the Ranua Rescue Camp
Outdoor kitchen at the camp
Forest threatened by Areva's uranium mining proposal
Simo river near to the proposed uranium mining area
Activists examining in the area of Areva's drilling activities
Ranua rescue camp grm-22.jpg
Ranua rescue camp grm-23.jpg
Landscape by Ranua
Ranua Banner Welcoming The Gorleben Treck in Morsleben
Mobile Info Table With Post Box For Protest Against Uranium Mining in Ranua
Areva excavating in Ranua/Finland
Landscape by Ranua in Danger by Areva Drilling For Uranium
Areva Uranium Exploration Area in Ranua
Drilling Mark
Endangered Area by Areva's Uranium Mining Plans
Finnish-German Banner in Magdeburg (D)
Activists distributing flyers on Ranua Action Day
Caution Sign Marking A Symbolic Uranium Mining Area
"Certificate" Distributed By A Pseudo Nuclear Lobbyist
Uranium Mining Exhibition at Ranua Action Day in Magdeburg
Caution Sign Marking A Symbolic Uranium Mining Area
Information Table in Magdeburg
Shortcut to this page: http://ranua.nuclear-heritage.net
Welcome at the Ranua Rescue Action project!
Beautiful countryside of Ranua threatened by Areva's uranium mining plans

The Story: As the tapped uranium reserves are limited and today's uranium mines can't provide at least half of the fuel requirements nuclear companies like Areva are undertaking a global offense to search for new uranium mines. In Finland the French nuclear company Areva enforces their mining plans in the sparsely populated North after being driven away from southern Finland's countryside (Area 32!).

Local people of the threated region of Ranua in Finnish Lapland joined the international Nuclear Climate Camp in Tervola in summer 2009 and asked for support for their struggle against Areva. After the camp Finnish anti-nuclear activists decided to focus on uranium mining and construction plans of a new NPP in the North - the Ranua Rescue group was created. An international action day was announced at short notice only one week before the expected municipality decision about Areva's application to drill in Ranua to examine the uranium ore in the region.

Here you find information about the threats of Areva's uranium mining plans in Ranua and about the resistance against it on this page. We try to update it as soon as possible for international information and to connect with other concerned people in the world. You may find more detailled information in Finnish at the Ranua Rescue Blog.

Ranua Rescue is a campaign opposing nuclear power company AREVA's plans to prospect and mine uranium is Ranua, a municipality in southern Lapland, Finland. With the campaign we want to stop the uranium prospecting and bring attention to this less known but even more destructive side of nuclear power.
Ranua Rescue is independent from political parties and NGO's, not committed to any special political ideology or religion. The participants agree that there should not be any uranium mines in Ranua or anywhere else. An uranium mine leaves the nature devastated for forever, seriously threatens the health of local inhabitants and destroys many other sources of living. The Ranua Rescue campaigners can have disagreements about other political questions and world views.
Marketing political parties or other organizations is not allowed within the campaign. As an international campaign we want to highlight that we don't oppose AREVA only because from Finnish point of view it is a foreign (French) company. The damages uranium mines cause are of the similar type not depending of the nationality of the company, country or the people.
Tens of people from all around Finland and several other countries have taken interest of the campaign as there is people all around the world fighting the same problems and even the same company.
We in Ranua Rescue campaign accept non-violent civil disobedience as means to protect the people and the nature in situations when law doesn't protect them.

Upcoming Events
  • Uranium movements Summer Meeting in Kainuu, Kuhmo in June/July, 2010

Support the Camp
You can as well support Ranua Rescue by lending or donating materials - have a look at the RRAMM-Support page as by donating money. Until there is a special bank account for the Ranua Rescue group you should use the Nuclear Heritage Network bank account. And some more possibilities:
  1. Become Ranua Rescue Facebook friend!
  2. Become a reader of our blog!
    Check news and info in http://www.ranuarescue.blogspot.com. It's a bilingual blog (Finnish / English) and some of the documents and news are in Swedish, French or Spanish.
  3. Take part on the campaign!
    We need all kind of talents to write, draw, translate, give and carry out ideas, to paint banners and arrange demonstrations... Contact us if you can help: ranuarescue AT gmail.com[1]
  4. Take part in the "rapid action force".
    If AREVA starts working on Ranua, the idea is to stop them with civil disobedience if needed. Send email with subject "ALARM" to ranuarescue AT gmail.com[1].
Latest News

June 16th, 2010
Mining plans in Sokli area include uranium
Ministry of employment and economy has approved uranium exploration application of Mawson Resources Ltd for Mustamaa in Tervola municipality on 16.6.2010.

Protest Camp in Ranua

Camp Set Up in Ranua to Monitor Areva's Mining Activities

We can't trust Areva or the authorities. All their information is really contradictional. First both Areva and the environmental authorities said clearly: Areva doesn't and can't start the deep drilling before they get the claim. Areva has announced several times that they stop working because there is nothing they could legally do before the ministry's permission=claim.

BUT: there are at least two holes, and an expert said after seeing a foto that those looks like drilling holes. No-one knows how deep those are, as Kaipainen from Areva says they haven't drill anything. The chief of the environment protection from "Lapplands enviroment center" didn't know anything about the holes (with white, sweating face), but wanted to have the fotos and after all said that AREVA IS ALLOUD TO DO DEEP DRILLING BY THE PERMISSION OF THE LAND OWNER, and there is nothing they can do unless they could proof that it would harm the environment seriouly, just maybe is not enough. The boss of areva says they are not doing anything because they can't, but at the same time they said at their web page that they can start drilling by the land owners permission.

So we see that there needs to be observators. Ready to film whatever happens there, and call more people if they try to start drilling. Hopefully not, if they know it wouldn't stay hidden. But if they would be that stupied, we would be ready to act, and the show would really start.

The idea is that the camp would stay there as long as needed, means over the winter. Some people may visit one night, some longer. There are already tents with "fireplace", and the idea is to build the camp so that it would be possible, even nice, to be there at winter time as well (personally waiting for the northern lights..)

One point is, that Ranua council will after all vote for their opinion about the mining soon. Starting the camp just when they vote can be the best timing ever! Even if their "no" wouldnt save the situation, just make it a little bit better.

Call for Action

Stop Uranium Prospecting at Ranua - International Action Day 13th of August

In Ranua - a municipality located in Lapland, Finland - the soil and groundwater are in danger of being contaminated by uranium prospecting.

Let Areva and the municipality's pro-uranium mining politicians know that they are being observed all around the world!

An uranium mine in Lapland would lead to all the people who now get their livelihood from berry or mushroom picking, collecting wild plants, reindeer herding, fishing or agriculture to lose their source of income. Mining and radioactive waste in the vulnerable northern nature would also destroy Europe's largest remaining wilderness areas for forever. In many countries people and companies are watching Finnish policy on nuclear energy and uranium mining to see if it starts a new trend on nuclear energy. So this is not only a local issue but important to all the people in Finland and other parts of Europe/world!

One action possibility:

Send an email, call or fax the council members (see contact data of council members). Write or call to one or more (or all!) municipality board members. You can do it in English or your own language (if not in Finnish or Swedish). Tell them that you are worried about the situation. Urge them to say NO to uranium prospecting.

Add at least one reason why you think they should not allow uranium prospecting in the area (for help with your letter/mail/call see the text "more info" below). You are welcome to also BCC your emails to ranuarescue AT gmail.com[1].

Emailing them is just one small thing: but there is MORE you can do to stop the uranium pollution in Lapland. Stay tuned for more info...

Uranium Mining Threatens Nature and People in Ranua - Short Background Information

On the 1st of September 2008, Areva Resources Finland Oy submitted their application for a mining claim in the area of Asentolamminoja, on the border between the Ranua and Rovaniemi municipalities, to the Ministry of Employment and Economy. Before any decision or approval of the application, the company started digging in preparation of test drilling in November 2008 in the southern end of the area, at Isokangas, with the permission of the land owner.

In August 2009, the municipal board of Ranua gave their supporting stance on the mining project. Local people opposing the mining fear that Areva will start the test drilling when they want. According to law, the company should wait for the claim approval from the Ministry of Employment and Economy.

On the claim area there are several marshes and small waters that are connected to the groundwater reserves. The area is part of the watershed of the Simo river (i.e. the water flows to the river), which is designated as a NATURA2000 area. If the claim goes ahead, there would be in total over 10 kilometres of drillings and they would extend below the level of the groundwater reserves. If radioactive ore gets in contact with the water, the consequences are likely to be fatal both for the area's groundwater and for the Simo river.

The Geological SurveyCentre of Finland, who is participating in the prospecting, denies the existence of the risk, despite the fact that spoiling of the groundwater has often been a direct consequence of uranium prospecting elsewhere.

Around the world, uranium mining has resulted in extreme environmental destruction. In Europe it has been abolished precisely because of environmental problems. AREVA, the company active in Ranua, is responsible for, among other things, enormous environmental destruction in their mining regions in Niger, and in France for the algae-based processing of mining tailings (i.e. leftover rock & sediment), which created a public scandal. In Finland, AREVA is also building the new (EPR) reactor in Olkiluoto, which has turned into a fiasco.

Ranua-based activists have tried to inform the decision-makers and municipal inhabitants about the problems of uranium mining. They have collected names for a ban on uranium mining at different events, written to regional papers and arranged informational events, among other things. However, a local civil movement has quite limited power of influence, when put against the massive lobbying machine of the uranium power industry, and the state's energy policies, that favour mining in northern Finland.

The "No Uranium Power!" camp in Tervola, in July 2009, was visited by people from Ranua opposed to the mining, who asked for support from the anti-nuclear movement. In the workshop that followed the visit, people wanted to start broad nationwide and international activity in support of the people from Ranua. In this situation of emergency, all available methods should be used to stop the project. We call everyone concerned by the issue to act!

Ranua Rescue group
ranuarescue AT gmail.com[1]

Information Materials

Press Releases

Other Materials

Media Coverage

Other Webpages on Ranua Uranium Topic

Past Events

  • Anti-uranium demonstration on November 7th, 2009 at 12 pm in Ranua
  • Public meeting with critical experts on November 7th, 2009 at 3 pm in Ranua
  • Ranua Rescue meeting in Oulu on November 5th, 2009
  • Ranua Rescue meeting in the Social Center in Helsinki on November 3rd, 2009 at 8 pm
  • family-event in Ranua on October 12th, 2009 with film, slide show and backgrounds about uranium + also with cakes and coffee + also childrens programme
  • (official side) Exclusive (!) info night for the members of the municipality council on October 14th, 2009 in order to help them to vote about the uranium prospecting. There will be representatives from the Lapland environmental centre, STUK, TEM, 'Lapps against nuclear power' and Areva.
  • Info stall in Helsinki at Kolmensepän patsas (opposite Stockmann) on October 7th, 2009 at noon with cakes and flyers
  • Film night in Rovaniemi on October 5th, 2009
  • Film and info-night on September 30th, 2009 in Turku. "Uranium - is it a country" will be shown and info about Ranua
  • Info-stall-snickers-pie-event in Ranua center on September 26th, 2009
    • with information about the uranium mining plans and the monitor camp as well as with free pie and coffee
  • Movie night ("Area 32") about uranium mining on September 21st, 2009 at 6 pm in Ranua
    • The film Area 32 is about the fight against uranium mining in Askola, south of Finland. The people won the fight in 2007.
  • Press conference about the Ranua Rescue Action Camp on September 21th, 2009 at 12pm at the camp in Ranua
  • Camp near Ranua was set up on August 26th, 2009 to observe Areva's Uranium mining activities; actions took place on August 13th, 2009 against Uranium exploration in Ranua

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