TORONTO, Feb. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - The agreement between Canada and China on
uranium exports is good news for our nuclear industry said the Canadian
Nuclear Workers Council (CNWC).
"Expanded uranium exports to China mean more jobs for Canadian miners
and the communities that host and/or supply workers to the mines. It
will also deliver environmental benefits, as China will be able to
develop more, clean, reliable nuclear power plants," said Dave Shier,
The new Protocol supplements a 1994 agreement between the two countries
for co-operation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and is in full
accordance with Canada's long-standing nuclear non-proliferation
policies and obligations.
Canada currently supplies about 18 percent of the world's uranium, which
in turn generates around 5,000 jobs and about $500 million in wages and
benefits. In 2010 uranium exports generated nearly $150 million in
taxes and royalty revenues to the government of Saskatchewan
alone. Uranium mining is also the leading employer of Aboriginal people
This Protocol builds on other initiatives like those between Canada and
China to use a range of fuels, like thorium in CANDU reactors.
"Our membership is supportive of activities like these that ensure
Canada continues to play a leading role in the nuclear industry and the
economic prosperity this can bring. The Canadian union movement will
continue to see that the people in the industry work safely and share
in the prosperity", concluded Shier.
The Canadian Nuclear Workers' Council is an organization of unions that
represent workers in various areas of the Canadian nuclear industry,
including electric utilities, uranium mining & processing, radioisotope
production and nuclear research.
SOURCE Canadian Nuclear Workers Council
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