As a responsible mining company, AREVA reports regularly, publicly and totally transparently on its activities in Niger, its policies, and its commitments as part of a sustainable and ethical development policy.

Communication without taboos

AREVA’s policy in Niger is to communicate proactively and in a comprehensible manner concerning all its operational practices. It endeavors to base its reports on verified and objective data.

Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)

  • AREVA is one of the very first multinational companies to have joined the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in June 2003. All government revenues generated by these industries (taxes, mineral rights, income tax, royalties, etc.) are included in these reports, which are verified by independent experts.
  • In March 2011, the EITI Board accepted Niger as an EITI Compliant country, that is, one that meets EITI transparency criteria regarding the reporting of extractive industry revenues.

Maintaining the dialogue and cooperation with NGOs

  • The group is regularly the target of criticisms from non-governmental organizations (NGOs). For example, Greenpeace was invited to visit the group’s mining sites in Niger and came to Arlit in November 2009. AREVA then replied point-by-point to all the criticisms put forward by the NGO in its May 2010 report by publishing a document entitled “AREVA and Niger, a sustainable partnership”.

A policy of transparency in providing information to civil society

 An array of information is communicated to stakeholders by diverse means. Some concrete examples:

  • The results of environmental measurements made around the COMINAK and SOMAIR sites are communicated in environmental and social reports that are made available to the public.
  • The results of the monitoring and measurement of radioactivity in the environment supplied by the independent laboratories of ALGADE are communicated with the approval of the Nuclear Security Authority (ASN).
  • Visits of the mining sites are organized.

Accountability to local authorities

All AREVA mining operations are overseen and regularly checked by Nigerien authorities. AREVA sends them documentation and regular inspections are carried out on group installations.

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Ministry of Mines and Energy

The Ministry of Mines and Energy is responsible for all issues regarding radiation protection, mineral rights, explosives, the export of uranium, and mining methods and techniques.

AREVA provides reports on:

  • annual production statistics,
  • measures to reduce exposure risk.
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Mines Directorate

The Mines Directorate has authority on all issues relating to mineral permit follow-up (research permits, operation permits, mining agreements, etc.) and enforcing establishment agreements. It also plays a role in matters concerning radiation protection and employee safety.

AREVA provides:

  • monthly dosimetry statistics for all employees,
  • a management plan for solid radioactive waste,
  • an annual report on environmental radiological monitoring.
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Ministry of Public Health

This ministry is the national authority matters relating to public health.

AREVA provides reports on:

  • sources and equipment with a potential exposure risk for employees,
  • employee and environmental dosimetry results.
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National Center for Radiation Protection

The National Center for Radiation Protection is responsible for all matters relating to radiation protection and for monitoring all activities involving sources of ionizing radiation.

AREVA provides:

  • employee dosimetry results over 12 months
  • monthly summaries of ambient measurements,
  • an annual summary of the results of radiation protection measures,
  • the results of environmental radioactivity monitoring.
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Ministry of Environment and the Fight Against Desertification

The Ministry of Environment and the Fight Against Desertification has authority on all issues relating to the environment. It acts to combat desertification, evaluate administrative procedures, and examine the environmental impact of industrial activities.

AREVA provides reports on:

  • the discharge of waste water from plants and industrial sites in reservoirs,
  • all development activities, projects or programs that may have an impact on the natural or human environment.
AREVA contacts in Niger
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By developing the synergies between AREVA’s carbon-free offers, the group’s 44,000 employees help supply as many people as possible with safer, cleaner and more economical energy.

Annual report 2012 of the Health Observatories of Niger