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Large-Sized Mining Bill to be passed in UruguayLarge-Sized Mining Bill to be passed in Uruguay

The Senate has been called for tomorrow at 9 and 30 hours,
in order to pass the Large-Sized Mining Bill.The  project approved by
majority in the Committee on Industries of the Uruguayan Parliament, ,
remains essentially the same which had been passed
by the Chamber of Deputies on 17 April:It legitimizes
megamining in the país.

Ignoring  the opposition expressed by broad sectors of society and
the criticisms of the  opposition Parties represented
in Parliament, the Uruguayan government insists on a proposal that gives
exceptional benefits to an activity unprecedented in the country, and which is expected to produce severe social and environmental impacts. Even though the centre-left coalition party government has  repeatedly stated that the public should be consulted to make a decision, the fact is that
this magnitude.

The proposed law is alien to the reality of the country. Uruguay
is specialized int the production of meat and wool, their
mineral reserves are small and poor concentration. The destruction of
entire ecosystems, the affection to vast territories and water pollution by a shot duration megamining project have been
confirmed in the legislative discussion and the short duration of possible mining

Opposition has denounced that this project has been tailor-made to the interests of transnational India-based “Aratirí”,
which intends
quickly to quicly export the iron available.

Suprising it may seem , the polemic bill
enables tax benefits of 700-1.000.000.000 dollars to such company, according
calculations made by legislators. The extraqction of iron would last al most 15 years . There are no major mineral wealth in Uruguay. The international trend of metal prices in the coming years  is declining due to overproduction. Environmental NGO, local social organizations and opposition parties consider that it makes no sense to put to risk the ecological health –specially it water resources- and the production potential of the country, for the mere benefit of a foreign company.

MOVUS (Movimiento por un Uruguay Sustentable – Movement for a Sustainable Uruguay) is summoning the population to impulseThe Senate has been called for tomorrow at 9 and 30 hours,
in order to pass the Large-Sized Mining Bill.The  project approved by
majority in the Committee on Industries of the Uruguayan Parliament, ,
remains essentially the same which had been passed
by the Chamber of Deputies on 17 April:It legitimizes
megamining in the país.

Ignoring  the opposition expressed by broad sectors of society and
the criticisms of the  opposition Parties represented
in Parliament, the Uruguayan government insists on a proposal that gives
exceptional benefits to an activity unprecedented in the country, and which is expected to produce severe social and environmental impacts. Even though the centre-left coalition party government has  repeatedly stated that the public should be consulted to make a decision, the fact is that
this magnitude.

The proposed law is alien to the reality of the country. Uruguay
is specialized int the production of meat and wool, their
mineral reserves are small and poor concentration. The destruction of
entire ecosystems, the affection to vast territories and water pollution by a shot duration megamining project have been
confirmed in the legislative discussion and the short duration of possible mining

Opposition has denounced that this project has been tailor-made to the interests of transnational India-based “Aratirí”,
which intends
quickly to quicly export the iron available.

Suprising it may seem , the polemic bill
enables tax benefits of 700-1.000.000.000 dollars to such company, according
calculations made by legislators. The extraqction of iron would last al most 15 years . There are no major mineral wealth in Uruguay. The international trend of metal prices in the coming years  is declining due to overproduction. Environmental NGO, local social organizations and opposition parties consider that it makes no sense to put to risk the ecological health –specially it water resources- and the production potential of the country, for the mere benefit of a foreign company.

MOVUS (Movimiento por un Uruguay Sustentable – Movement for a Sustainable Uruguay) is summoning the population to impulse

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