Cluff Lake Decommissioning Moves Into New Phase

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 13:13



The first leg of a cleanup involving a northern Saskatchewan uranium mine is complete.


Alun Richards, a spokesman for AREVA, says the company has finished the initial decommissioning of the Cluff Lake uranium mine.


The site is located in northwest Saskatchewan and was mined for 22 years.


Richards says the company’s next step is to apply to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for a new 10-year licence, during which time the company plans to monitor the site.


He says AREVA has worked hard to clean up the soil where the mine was once situated — adding the company has planted close to one million trees.


Richards says the site is very much what it was originally, and it could be used for traditional purposes.


He says after the 10-year monitoring period is over, AREVA hopes to transfer the land back to the government.


The hearing take place June 10th in Ottawa.


Anyone wanting to comment at the gathering can contact the CNSC office in Saskatoon by May 13th and make arrangements.