BAPE report on uranium sector issues in Québec: THE QUÉBEC MINING ASSOCIATION CONSIDERS THAT MINISTER HEURTEL IS RIGHT TO TAKE TIME TO ANALYZE THE REPORT BEFORE MAKING ANY DECISIONS
Québec City, July 17, 2015 – The Québec Mining Association (QMA) welcomes the decision by David Heurtel, Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, to take time to analyze the investigation and public hearing report filed by the Bureau des audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) on the environmental and social impacts of uranium exploration and extraction in Québec before making any decisions about the future of the uranium sector.
In the view of the QMA, this in-depth analysis by an inter-ministerial committee will ensure that each element of the report is properly considered before relevant decisions are made.
"Experience in Saskatchewan shows that it is possible to operate a uranium mine effectively while following best practices as recognized around the world, and to generate appreciable benefits for Québec's socio-economic development, in a way that ensures respect for people and the environment. We are pleased to see that the government has not rejected the uranium sector out of hand. It could lead to the creation of a new industry in Québec, one of the safest thanks to strong research and development programs to reduce and even eliminate associated risks," states Josée Méthot, the QMA President and CEO.
According to the QMA, modern uranium mining presents no significant risks for human health because of the strict monitoring of exposure levels and the low levels of exposure recorded. Uranium extraction is closely supervised in Canada under the expert watch of various bodies, including the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. Mining companies also implement a range of measures to reduce risks, whether for the population, workers or the environment.
"Uranium is extracted in other jurisdictions without incident. We hope that the government will allow Québec's mining sector to explore the land base and ascertain its potential, and that we will one day see Québec's first uranium mine in operation. Our association will also look closely at the report and will make any necessary recommendations to the government," Josée Méthot concludes.
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The Québec Mining Association (QMA) was founded in 1936 and speaks proactively for mining companies involved in extraction and processing, mining contractors and junior mining companies, along with suppliers, institutions, non-profit organizations and other mining sector partners. It is proud of the 45,000 high-quality jobs and $3.2 billion in investment generated by Québec’s mining industry over the last year. The QMA’s mission is to promote, support and play a role in the development of a responsible, committed and innovative mining industry in Québec.