Category Archives: Safety

TRACING CAMECO’S TOXIC AND RADIOACTIVE LEGACY

BY Jim Harding Premier Wall is a committed cheerleader of the uranium industry. He has no shame bragging about the multi-national corporation Cameco making a big uranium sale to India, in spite of India’s refusal to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty … Continue reading

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FUKUSHIMA: THE SASKATCHEWAN CONNECTION

By Jim Harding It’s over two and one-half years since the nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima, Japan and the contamination hasn’t stopped. It is getting so serious that the IAEA, the UN’s nuclear body recently recategorized the situation as a nuclear … Continue reading

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SHOULD THE NDP APOLOGIZE…?

The northern-based Committee for Future Generations recently wrote all NDP MLAs and candidates asking for support for legislation banning nuclear wastes in Saskatchewan. (This is quite close to NDP policy). They gave compelling information about the steady, worldwide shift towards … Continue reading

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NORTHERN COMMUNITIES DISCUSS NUCLEAR WASTE

NOTE: The following was published in the Meadow Lake Progress on June 10. By Mark Melnychuk Both the benefits and risks of storing nuclear waste were up for discussion at an open forum in Beauval. The Northern Forum for Truth … Continue reading

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HEALTH AND TRUST: HARD LESSONS FROM CHERNOBYL AND FUKUSHIMA

Health has barely made it into the federal election. But it and the related issue of “trust” are at the top of our concerns. There’s been some talk about increasing healthcare costs but nothing about protecting environmental and human health. … Continue reading

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A NUCLEAR WASTE BAN: CAN WE TAKE THE BULL BY THE HORNS?

The FSIN taking $1,000,000 from the industry-based Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has put nuclear waste back in the news. And apparently the Métis Nation has also taken hundreds of thousands of NWMO money. What does it mean that both … Continue reading

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WHY A NUCLEAR WASTE BAN IS NEEDED IN SASKATCHEWAN

The threat from a nuclear dump would be gigantic. To transport the 1.8 million spent fuel bundles totaling 40,000 tonnes that had accumulated in eastern Canada by 2004 would require thousands of truckloads over several decades. And the industry estimates … Continue reading

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THE NORTH DESERVES BETTER, Part 2

Last time I looked at how the North Saskatchewan Environmental Quality Committee (NSEQC) is too close to industry to have any significant influence on protecting the North.  Here I look at how the Athabasca Working Group (AWG) environmental monitoring program … Continue reading

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URANIUM INDUSTRY SELF-PROMOTES: NORTH REMAINS “AMONG POOREST”

The uranium industry recently held their “3rd International Conference on Uranium”. While company executives and technical people engaged in expensive self-promotion, the Conference Board of Canada released a study showing that, in spite of the “uranium boom”, Northern Saskatchewan remains … Continue reading

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Can We Trust The Nuclear Regulators ?

The nuclear industry has long tried to justify its expansion by promising that a solution to nuclear wastes is in the works. The panacea, we are now told, will be geological disposal. But the public has become more skeptical of … Continue reading

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