. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Uranium Sale Proposed

CANBERRA, Australia () -- Australia's new conservative government said on Friday it was ending 13 years of curbs on uranium exports, angering environmentalists and a key political party that said it would seek to block the sales in parliament.

The Liberal-National coalition, which won power in March 2 elections, said Australia had to take advantage of its 30 percent share of the world's uranium reserves and was looking to Asia for sales of the nuclear fuel.

However, the Australian Democrats Party, which with other minor political parties controls the upper house of parliament, said it would renew efforts to ban uranium exports when parliament resumes next month.