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Legal Framework For the Exploration and Development of Uranium in Argentina

Hernán M. Zaballa, International Mining and Oil & Gas Law, Development and Investment (2009)

The present paper is intended to briefly summarize the regulations applicable to nuclear minerals (specifically including uranium and thorium) in Argentina and in addition evidence the specific characteristics and differences that such regulations has with respect to the general legal regime applicable to non-nuclear minerals.

For such purpose, it is important first to make a brief summary of some of the basic notions arising from the Argentine Mining Code (AMC), and then to address the specific legal regime applicable to nuclear minerals, including the evolution of such legal regime and the specific characteristics currently arising there from.

As a consequence of the aforementioned, the present paper is divided into four sections:

A) Brief Summary on some basic notions arising from the AMC applicable to minerals belonging to the first category as established under the AMC (including both non-nuclear and nuclear minerals).

B) The evolution of the Mining Legal Regime applicable to nuclear minerals.

C) The specific characteristics arising from the mining legal regime applicable to nuclear minerals and the main differences with respect to the general mining regime applicable to non-nuclear minerals.

D) Conclusions.

A) Brief Summary on some basic notions arising from the AMC

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