Uranium mining

CNSC: Watchdog or Industry Enabler?

Although the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is supposed to protect the environment and the health of all living organisms, it appears to be siding with government and the nuclear industry.

They would like to see regulations streamlined, or abandoned altogether. Read the attachments to see what is really happening.

Risks to Health and Safety From Uranium Mining: a Response to the UDP

Bill is back again with more reasons why we should stop uranium mining in Saskatchewan. His arguments are very compelling.

Risks to Health and Safety June 2009

Public Talk by Dr. Dennis W. Lawson

Dr. Dennis W. Lawson (P.Geo.,P.Eng.), Environmental Mining Specialist, Environment Canada (Retired), gives a talk entitled "Reclaiming the Abandoned Uranium Tailings at Gunnar Mines, Uranium CIty, Saskatchewan" Thursday, 16 April 2009, 7 p.m., Frances Morrison Library, 311-23rd Street East, Saskatoon.

Dr. Lawson had responsibilities with Environment Canada for research and investigations at and near the abandoned Gunnar Uranium tailings for close to 20 years over the period 1981 to 1999. In this lay yet scientific PowerPoint presentation, Dennis will introduce citizens to the Gunnar mine, mill, waste-rock piles, tailings and northern environment using diagrams and historical photographs. The environmental issues will come to be revealed and tentative alternative solutions weill be outlined.

For the full release, download the pdf.

Reclaiming the Abandoned Uranium Tailings 2009

All You Ever Wanted to Know about Uranium Mining but Were Afraid to ask

Anna Tilman, who has researched several toxic issues, including mercury, is a board member of the International Institute of Concern for Public Health. She has written a four-part series for the Watershed Sentinel entitled "On the Yellowcake Trail", which tracks the history of all aspects of uranium mining in Canada, from the mining and milling to processing and use throughout its eighty-year history. This series of articles is an excellent primer for those who wonder about this serious issue. It is an eye-opening read.

On the Yellowcake Trail

Maisie Shiell, on her deathbed, left the province an urgent message

As Maisie Shiell was dying, she summoned up her last bit of strength and wrote a letter to the citizens of Saskatchewan urging them to learn about the negatives of uranium mining. ICUCEC is proud to post this amazing document on Maisie's behalf. We hope it will spur you to speak and work against present and future mining projects. To read Maisie's document, click below.

Maisie Shiell 2008

Mining Tailings blowing in the Wind

Bill Adamson, our board member who keeps writing educational articles, has yet another one to dispel the myth that uranium mining is safe and clean. In the attachment Bill lists the amount and contents of the tailings, produced in Saskatchewan until 2008. Can anyone still believe that the process is clean? The public needs to know these facts.

Uranium Mine Tailings until 2008

CNSC licencing hearings for Key Lake and McArthur River

This is an opportunity for public submissions against the renewal of licences for two, large uranium mines in northern Saskatchewan, Canada. Just follow the CNSC proceedures for submissions and attend the hearings or view live Webcasts of them on the CNSC Website.

  • RE: Public Hearing - June 10, 2008 Notice - Ref. 2008-H-07 - Cameco Corporation - Application for the renewal of the operating licence for the Key Lake uranium mill
  • RE: Public Hearing - June 10, 2008 Notice - Ref. 2008-H-06 - Cameco Corporation - Application for the renewal of the operating licence for the McArthur River uranium mine

CNSC Public Hearings for Rabbit Lake licence renewal and EA for Solution Processing Project

This is an opportunity to submit public criticism of the expansion of the uranium industry in northern Saskatchewan, Canada. Rabbit Lake Operation is an active uranium mine.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will hold a two-day public hearing on the application by Cameco Corporation (Cameco) to renew its operating licence for the Rabbit Lake Operation located in northern Saskatchewan. Notice - Ref. 2008-H-08 - Cameco Corporation - Application for the renewal of the operating licence for the Rabbit Lake Operation

Record of Proceedings

Environmental Assessment Screening Result

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will hold a one-day public hearing to consider the results of an Environmental Assessment Screening (EA Screening) regarding Cameco Corporation and Areva Resources Canada Inc.'s proposed Rabbit Lake Solution Processing Project. The two facilities involved in the project are located in northern Saskatchewan. Notice - Ref. 2008-H-09 - Cameco Corporation and Areva Resources Canada Inc. - EA Screening on the proposed Rabbit Lake Solution Processing Project

Record of Proceedings

Graham Simpson's Address to Nunavut Planning Commission

Nunavut is currently wrestling with the question of allowing uranium mining or not. Graham Simpson delivered a speech to the Nunavut Planning Commission in 2007, warning them not to allow mining. Nothing has changed since then. His warning is still relevant. Beware. For Graham's complete speech, download the pdf.

Graham Simpson 2007