The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has granted Cameco a new ten-year license for the Beaverlodge mine site.
The site was decommissioned in the 1980’s but still needs to be managed.
Cameco spokeswoman Carey Hyndman says they are hoping to turn the site over to the province in the coming years.
Until that time they’ll monitor the area and ensure it is being managed properly:
“We’re kind of in the middle, I mean it has been decommissioned. Our job right now is to manage and maintain that. Our ultimate goal is to be able to turn that back to the province — and so that’s called institutional control. So that’s what we’re going to work on in the next 10 years of this license.”
She adds over the years they’ve sealed up bore-holes and replace caps on mine-openings as part of the site’s management.
She adds contractors have also been brought in from Uranium City over past summers to do some of the surveying work that’s required.