Cameco Downplaying Latest Flooding At Uranium Mine

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 at 14:16



Minor flooding will have little impact on production at Cameco’s McArthur River mine, according to company officials.


Workers noticed some water coming into the mine yesterday morning.


Cameco spokesperson Lyle Krahn says there wasn’t much water and says it was not in a production area.


According to Cameco executive Tim Gitzel, the water inflow is only about 10 per cent of the company’s total capacity to pump water out of the mine.


Krahn says the cause of the flooding is still under investigation.


While it was not in a production area, production has been temporarily suspended — but could resume as early as later today.


Cameco says there were no injuries, and the mine is considered safe.


The company also says the environment was not impacted.