SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL NUCLEAR REGULATOR (NNR) LIFTS DIRECTIVE
TORONTO AND JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - Further to the announcement of July 25, 2011 regarding the directive issued to First Uranium Corporation's (TSX: FIU), (JSE:FUM) (ISIN:CA33744R1029) ("First Uranium" or "the Company") Mine Waste Solutions tailings reprocessing operation ("MWS"), by the South African National Nuclear Regulator (the "NNR") to cease deposition of material on all existing tailings storage facilities, First Uranium has today received conditional permission from the NNR to resume operations at MWS.
The MWS received the directive from the NNR on July 25, 2011.
Following a site inspection on Friday 29, July 2011, the regulator agreed to lift the suspension on condition that MWS adhered strictly to the conditions of the nuclear authorisation-COR-30, inter alia that MWS provide the NNR with monthly self inspection reports in accordance with the enhanced pipeline maintenance program that the Company had developed and has implemented.
The NNR will review MWS' compliance after a period of one month to satisfy itself that the operation is complying with the conditions imposed on the lifting of the directive.
Deon van der Mescht, president and chief executive officer of First Uranium said: "We are committed to continuing to be responsible corporate citizens. MWS will continue to operate in a responsible manner and we are confident that MWS will continue to comply with the NNR authorisation."
About First Uranium Corporation
First Uranium Corporation (TSX: FIU, JSE:FUM) is focused on its goal of becoming a low-cost producer of uranium and gold through the expansion of the underground development to feed the new uranium and gold plants at the Ezulwini Mine and through the expansion of the plant capacity of the Mine Waste Solutions (MWS) tailings recovery facility, both operations situated in South Africa. First Uranium also plans to grow production by pursuing value-enhancing acquisition and joint venture opportunities in South Africa and elsewhere.
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