Uranium Ban to Become Law

Department of Natural Resources

October 14, 2009 2:35 PM

A moratorium on exploration and mining of uranium in Nova Scotia will be made law.

The province introduced legislation today, Oct. 14, to entrench a uranium ban that had been in effect since 1981.

"We will legislate this moratorium because it is what Nova Scotians want," said Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell. "This measure responds to the concerns that Nova Scotians have expressed over the mining of uranium in our province."

The legislation contains three key elements:

-- prohibiting exploration for, or mining of, uranium in Nova Scotia
-- allowing mining of uranium that is encountered in the course of mining other minerals as long as the uranium is present in quantities less than the designated threshold value of .01 per cent by weight
-- allowing radiometric or other normal exploration techniques to be used in exploration for other minerals

"This legislation sends a clear message to the mineral industry and all Nova Scotians regarding government's long-term intentions with respect to uranium," said Mr. MacDonell.


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     A longtime ban on uranium mining in Nova Scotia will be made

into a law.

     The province introduced legislation today (October 14th) to

entrench a uranium ban that had been in effect since 1981.

     The legislation will prohibit exploration for, or mining of,

uranium in Nova Scotia.

Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell says a legislated

moratorium responds to the concerns that Nova Scotians have


expressed over the mining of uranium in the province.

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Media Contact: David Salter
              Natural Resources
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