Uranium Moratoriums Are Not Supported by Science: CNSC President
Uranium Moratoriums Are Not Supported by Science: CNSC President http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/mediacentre/issues/letters_to_the_editor/20121122-uranium-moratoriums.cfm
"Following the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s (CNSC) recent
decision to license a uranium exploration project in Quebec, I’m
dismayed that recent statements and discussions over the safety of
uranium mining have been based neither on fact nor science. Uranium
mining and milling in this country is tightly regulated by the CNSC.
Canada is a world leader in responsibly developing this resource. This
is largely attributable to a solid safety track record. Uranium
mining is the only type of mining that has a dedicated federal regulator
that oversees all aspects of operation on an ongoing basis. Provincial
oversight is also strictly applied. In fact, uranium mining is the most
regulated, monitored and understood type of mining in Canada.
Activists, medical practitioners and politicians who have demanded
moratoriums may have various reasons for doing so, but their claims that
the public and environment are at risk are fundamentally wrong. The
provincial governments that have decided to ban uranium exploration have
done so ignoring years of evidence-based scientific research on this
industry. The CNSC would never compromise safety by issuing a
licence or allowing a uranium mine or mill to operate if it were not
safe to do so. All monitoring data shows that uranium mining is as safe
as other conventional metal mining in Canada. "
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