News release

Progress Report on Westray Inquiry Recommendations

The Nova Scotia government has followed through on its commitment last December to act on all 74 recommendations in the Westray Public Inquiry Commission report.

An updated report on the government's response shows that there has been some progress on every one of the recommendations.

As recommended by the commission, amendments to the Mineral Resources Act have been drafted. They are currently being reviewed by government.

New underground mining regulations are also being developed, and it is hoped the amended act and regulations will be brought forward in the spring.

Implementation of the recommendations is ongoing.

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A progress report released today indicates the Nova Scotia government has made good on its promise to act on all 74 recommendations of the Westray inquiry.

The report says there has been progress on each recommendation and that implementation of the recommendations is ongoing.

Amendments to the Mineral Resources Act and new underground mining regulations, both recommended by the Westray commission, are expected to be ready in the spring.

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Contact:

Al Hollingsworth
Department of Labour 902-424-4680 E-mail:
Kevin McNamara
Deputy Minister Department of Labour 902-424-4148
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