March 17: Public Forum on Uranium Mining Held

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A public forum did little to create consensus on uranium mining in Nunavut. A Mining Watch Canada representative said waterways in the Athabasca region of Saskatchewan had been polluted with radioactive materials from such mining. But a representative from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission said that regulation and enforcement have eliminated most of the dangers associated with uranium mining, claiming that “today’s uranium mines are at levels of safety similar to other mines in Canada.