QUEBEC CITY, March 28, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI)
applauds Quebec's decision to hold a province-wide analysis and
consultation on the economic, social and environmental impacts of
uranium mining before proceeding with any permitting of uranium mining
in the province.
"Recent polling has clearly shown that while there is not yet clear
consensus on the desirability of uranium mining in Quebec," said Suzann
Méthot, CBI's Regional Director in Quebec. "There is consensus on the
need for an independent review and public consultation on the
environmental and social impacts of uranium mining before any such
activities are permitted in the province. We applaud the government of
Québec for announcing today that it will take the steps necessary to
ensure that that is exactly what will happen."
"It is also clear that Quebecers feel strongly that the rights of mining
companies should not supersede those of individuals or communities,
including aboriginal communities, and that these communities should
have the right to say no to uranium mining. It is critical that the
government respect the rights of these communities as it proceeds with
its consultation process," Ms. Méthot concluded.
Last year, after two years of public hearings, the James Bay Cree Nation
enacted a permanent moratorium on uranium exploration, mining, milling
and waste emplacement on their territory on the east shore of James Bay
(Eeyou Istchee). Despite this moratorium, federal regulators, including the Canadian
Nuclear Safety Commission, authorized the Matoush uranium project to
proceed within this Cree territory. However, before this project can
proceed, provincial authorization is also required.
Polling conducted by Léger Marketing for the Canadian Boreal Initiative
(link: http://www.borealcanada.ca/pr/03-05-2013-f.php) showed that 55% of residents in the area of the proposed Matoush mine
and 38% Quebec-wide oppose uranium mining, and 35% locally and in
Quebec support it. 86% of residents in the area of the proposed
Matoush mine and 76 of Quebeckers feel that the Quebec government
should conduct an independent review of the economic, environmental,
and social impacts of uranium mining before Quebec moves forward with
authorizing any uranium projects.
About the Canadian Boreal Initiative
The Canadian Boreal Initiative brings together diverse partners to
create new solutions for Boreal Forest conservation and acts as a
catalyst for on-the-ground efforts across the Boreal Forest by
governments, industry, Aboriginal communities, conservation groups,
major retailers, financial institutions, and scientists.
SOURCE: Canadian Boreal Initiative
For further information:
Suzann Méthot, Directrice régionale - Québec - IBC (514) 792-1843 / firstname.lastname@example.org