Ottawa Ready To Help Clean Up Old Mine Sites

Friday, June 17, 2005 at 14:02

 

 

The federal government has finally agreed to cost-share the clean-up of old uranium mine sites in the province’s North.

 

Ottawa and the provincial government will both contribute money to the clean-up of the Gunnar and Lorado mine sites near Uranium City.

 

Federal Natural Resources spokesman Peter Brown says details on how much each level of government will put up will be worked out in the next few months.

 

Brown says the fate of about 40 other abandoned mines will also likely be determined in the coming agreement.

 

The total cost to has been estimated at $24 million.

 

The entire process to restore the old mine sites is expected to take at least five years.

 

Today’s announcement has been a long time in coming, as the provincial government has been reluctant to take care of the clean-up on its own.

 

Brown says the federal government realized it had to come on board following an Environment Canada report on hazardous sites in this country.

 

Saskatchewan Northern Affairs Minister Buckley Belanger says he’s very happy for the people of the Athabasca Basin.

 

Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River MP Jeremy Harrison says Ottawa’s announcement today is welcome news, but long overdue.