CCAMU to hold public hearings on uranium mining - Dillman to end hunger strike

    OTTAWA, Dec. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The Community Coalition Against Mining
Uranium (CCAMU) announced today that they will hold public hearings throughout
Eastern Ontario in the New Year on the environmental and health impacts of
uranium mining.
    "We have been asking the government to hold an inquiry into uranium
mining and they have failed to respond" said Wolfe Erlichman of CCAMU. "In the
absence of action on behalf of the McGuinty government we are going to hold a
citizen's inquiry and we will invite the Premier to attend. We will even go to
his home town to accommodate him".
    A number of NGO's including Greenpeace, Canadian Association of
Physicians for the Environment, David Suzuki Foundation and Sierra Club of
Canada have endorsed the hearings or will participate as expert witnesses.
    They will be calling for public and expert submissions to take place at
hearings to be held in Kingston, Ottawa and Peterborough in February. In
response to the hearings, Donna Dillman who has not eaten since October 8th
2007 said she will end her hunger strike.
    "I began this hunger strike to shine a light on the problem of uranium
mining in eastern Ontario with the hope that Premier McGuinty would call a
moratorium on further mining and exploration" said Dillman. "We have not yet
got a moratorium but these hearings are a great opportunity to inform and
educate Ontarians about some of the detrimental effects of uranium mining and
to keep the pressure on the McGuinty government."
    "Donna has made an incredible personal sacrifice in pushing for this
moratorium. It is time for the environmental community to take some of the
heavy lifting from Donna before she suffers any serious health impacts" said
Gideon Foreman Executive Director of Canadian Association of Physicians for
the Environment.
    "These hearings will be an opportunity to further expose the unfolding
economic, health and environmental disaster associated with the global nuclear
agenda" said Bruce Cox Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada. "Mr. McGuinty
is wrong when he says we need to mine uranium here to keep the lights on. This
uranium is bound for export".
    Donna Dillman has not eaten since October 8th, 2007 - a full 66 days ago.
Ms Dillman has been calling on Premier McGuinty to announce a moratorium on
further mining and exploration in Eastern Ontario until a full public inquiry
on the health and environmental impacts of uranium mining can take place.
    On Tuesday of this week Ms. Dillman stopped drinking juices and is
surviving solely on water.

For further information:

For further information: Wolfe Erlichman, CCAMU, Cell: (416) 575-9656

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