Canada's Environment Minister Announces Decision on the Environmental Assessment of the Proposed Vision 2010 Redevelopment Project for Cameco Corporation's Port Hope Conversion Facility

OTTAWA, Dec. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, announced today that the proposed Vision 2010 Redevelopment Project for Cameco Corporation's Port Hope Conversion Facility located in Ontario is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. The Minister has referred the project back to the responsible authority, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, for appropriate action.

In reaching his decision, the Minister considered the Comprehensive Study Report and the comments received from the public on that report.

A copy of the Minister's environmental assessment decision statement is available in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry, reference number 22672.

The Vision 2010 Redevelopment Project involves a comprehensive redevelopment of Cameco's conversion facility located in Port Hope, Ontario. The project consists of decommissioning and demolishing approximately 20 old or underutilized buildings, including those used in the refining or conversion of uranium, removing contaminated soils, building materials and stored historical wastes, and constructing new replacement buildings.

This project was assessed using a science-based approach.  If the project is permitted to proceed to the next phase, it will continue to be subject to Canada's strong environmental laws, rigorous enforcement and follow-up, and increased fines.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency administers the federal environmental assessment process, which identifies the environmental effects of proposed projects and measures to address those effects, in support of sustainable development.

SOURCE: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

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