Cogema Downplays Spill at Cluff Lake

Friday, November 19, 2004 at 14:25



Cogema officials say a minor spill at the company’s Cluff Lake operation a couple of months ago didn’t damage the environment.


The Cluff Lake uranium mine is in the process of being decommissioned.


In September, about 80 cubic metres of minewater spilled from a cracked pipeline at the site.


Spokesman Alun Richards says the water was being pumped out of the Claude pit to be treated.


However, since most of the water spilled back into the pit, he says the leak shouldn’t harm the environment.


Richards says while this incident can be considered minor in nature, he says it’s received more scrutiny than usual because mine inspectors were present at the time of the spill.