Small uranium mines and a processing plant are located at this village. Radium mined during the early years of this site supplied Madame Curie. During World War II, control of the uranium resources was a source of concern for the dueling countries. Many countries have purchased uranium mined and then processed into yellowcake from this site including Iraq in 1980.
- Jolliffe, Jill. (January 14, 1986). "The Portuguese ponder the nuclear option / British firms may build nuclear reactors for Portugal". The Guardian (London).