There has been talk off the record of this for some time. However, a recent article published in Bintang Papua has brought this out into the open. So, much so that the local government is wanting to start up an investigation. It would seem that the major concern here is not so much the mining itself, but rather the fact that uranium is not one of the minerals or ores that PT Freeport Indonesia, or any of its subsidiaries, is supposed to be extracting from the mineral and ore rich earth of Papua.
The reality is that Freeport has been on sweetheart deals from the outset with consecutive Indonesian governments that have seen the company become incredibly, some might say obscenely, rich at the expense of local Papuans. Another reality is that if Freeport is in fact mining uranium then it would be seemingly doing so in breach of its current work contracts.
And it is worth noting that uranium is not one of the metals, minerals, or ores that makes an appearance on its logo.
On an environmental note, it is worth noting that uranium is primarily used in nuclear power and weapons development. However, it is difficult to reconcile the idea that Freeport has any serious concerns about the environmental damage that it reeks on the environment or the world. A quick view of the Grasberg operation highlights this extreme lack of concern. The photos here could easily be entitled "Freeport - No Mountain is Too Big!"
Freeport has been a law unto itself almost since its establishment. Initially, this was because Papua was so remote to the rest of Indonesia when Freeport first commenced its operations. Now, because it is considered too important to reign in, and a misguided belief that Indonesia could not afford to enforce legislation that requires foreign companies to sell off stakes to local investors in mining operations nor run it successfully.
The people of Papua deserve better.