JT | Oct 25, 2012 | 22:37

AMMAN — Greenpeace said the dispute between the government and French company AREVA over the uranium mining agreement raises questions “related to the deal itself”.

The dispute “leads us to question… the planning processes involved in approving uranium extraction, which poses unacceptable health and environmental risks”, Greenpeace said in a statement issued Thursday.

The government this week announced that it had terminated the uranium mining licence for a joint venture between AREVA and a local firm.

“Given that the government in 2010 said it had given exclusive uranium extraction rights to AREVA, Greenpeace calls on the government to clarify that this announcement means the end of all uranium mining plans,” the statement said.

The organisation stressed that “clean renewable energy solutions are available to generate power” and secure Jordan’s energy needs.