Sunday, October 30, 2011

Have British Columbians become complacent about Uranium mining of yore (1980's)?

 $30 million for a Blizzard in one haystack......,   there's more

Radioactive material dumped in Alice Arm, aka Nisgha people's Kisault

Uranium dumped near Atlin

As to Boss "15-20 explorers who were affected by the ban, but that Boss was by far the most advanced."


Moratorium on exploration and mining (McClelland) 6605 (Passarell) 6604
Placer Development Ltd., Atlin mine, uranium production (Passarell) 6042
Sale of by Premier on visit to Commission of the European Communities (Barrett) 6555
Transportation of through province, government action on (Rogers) 6000 (Skelly) 5999
Transportation, storage, provincial policy on (Skelly) 6000
Uranium Exploration and Mining, An Act to Prevent. See name of act

Uranium Exploration and Mining, An Act to Prevent
(Bill M201) (Passarell) 1R, 4307; 2R, 6604-5
Speakers: McClelland 6605; Passarell 6604-5
Amax of Canada Ltd. disposal of uranium in ocean (Passarell) 6605
Moratorium on uranium exploration and mining (McClelland) 6605 (Passarell) 6604
Placer Development Ltd., uranium production and storage (Passarell) 6605

Hansard    Afternoon Sitting of TUESDAY, JULY 7, 1981 on the topic of uranium production and storage....
 MR. PASSARELL: What we will see with this moratorium is that a company like Placer Development could start a moly operation in the community of Atlin and, through their tailings, withdraw 500 pounds of uranium per day. Under this order-in-council it would be legal for Placer Development to put the 500 pounds of uranium in plastic-lined tailing ponds for the duration of the mine operation, 20-some years. This bill, if it was accepted and voted upon by the Legislature, would outlaw an operation like Placer Development going ahead and withdrawing uranium and radioactive materials to be placed in plastic-lined tailing ponds. The bill, if accepted, would outlaw an operation like Amax from dumping radioactive materials into the ocean. It's dangerous and unneeded; that should be accepted by both sides of the House. We don't need nuclear power in this province, Mr. Speaker, and we don't need the problems that radioactive materials cause to the health and well-being of the society of British Columbia. These radioactive materials brought out of the ground in British Columbia might end up in some foreign country as mass-destruction weapons. I urge all members of this House to accept this bill as a humanitarian act for the protection of future generations in the province of British Columbia.

 Amax, dumping radioactive material into the ocean?  

MR. PASSARELL: To bring the Chairman into line here, it appears the minister and his two support staff behind him forgot to look at the mining regulations. To give you gentlemen an idea of what to look for so you can help this minister out of the bind, chapter 265, subsection 5 of the mining regulations, section C, states: "...exercise power...the minister necessary for ensuring the health and safety of persons employed in and about the mine...." That's exactly what we're talking about here. When I'm talking about the World Health Organization and this government ignoring the fact that there's radioactive waste going into Alice Arm, this minister has the audacity to stand up and say: "Oh, we have nothing to do with this."
 The Nishga people, at Alice Arm, have been exposed to waste containing radon 226, cadmium, lead, mercury, arsenic, nickel, zinc, copper, iron, molybdenum and uranium?
MR. PASSARELL: Thank you for the guidance, Mr. Chairman. Concerning this particular subsection that I addressed earlier concerning the minister's responsibility for safety, the feasibility studies done by the company show that the waste contains radon 226, cadmium, lead, mercury, arsenic, nickel, zinc, copper, iron, molybdenum and uranium. Now under the subsection in the mining regulations I referred to, this minister has a responsibility to protect the people in this particular area — Alice Arm — against uranium. It wasn't that long ago, Mr. Chairman, that this minister had a PR gimmick concerning mining and exploration of uranium in this province — something I supported that minister on — and I would certainly hope he would foster it further through legislation by accepting my private member's bill outlawing any type of mining and exploration of uranium in this province.
But further regarding Amax, Mr. Chairman, we have seen a total disregard for the concepts, beliefs and the livelihoods of the people of the area, the Nishga people.
55°28'2.11"N 129°28'55.30"W

And before we leave this topic, there's one thought that was spoken aloud  in the BC Legislature... that a mining outfit  "could start a moly operation in the community of Atlin and, through their tailings, withdraw 500 pounds of uranium per day".......

What's stopping an Open Pit Mine operation, or an underground Tar Sand operation, TODAY, from skimming out from the mega TONS of material being shifted, to separate gold, silver, copper, "moly", or uranium from the mix?

There is a restriction on uranium production in British Columbia, not an outright ban though.... there is a loophole that allows some uranium to be produced.....

Now where did I leave that Source?

Do you know where it is, the loophole?

As to Atlin:  59°34'40.93"N 133°41'22.31"W


For Immediate Release
April 24, 2008
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources


VICTORIA – The Province will not support the exploration and development of uranium in British Columbia and is establishing a “no registration reserve” under the Mineral Tenure Act for uranium and thorium, Minister of State for Mining Kevin Krueger announced today.

“By confirming our position on these radioactive minerals, we are providing certainty and clarity to the mining industry,” said Krueger. “B.C. is an attractive place for mining exploration and investment, and we are committed to fostering a healthy, productive industry.”

The “no registration reserve” will ensure any future claims do not include the rights to uranium. Government will also ensure that all uranium deposits will remain undeveloped. These changes support the BC Energy Plan commitment of no nuclear power.

Uranium is present in many areas of the province and can be encountered while exploring for other mineral resources. Therefore, the Province will also amend the Health, Safety and Reclamation Code concerning exploration for minerals where uranium or thorium are incidentally encountered. The amendments are designed to enhance the protection of workers and the public during exploration-related activities. The amendments also ensure that B.C.’s standards for exploration are consistent with national standards and guidelines.

Today, there is no uranium mining in the province. Development and mining of uranium in Canada is regulated by the federal government through the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. The only uranium mines operating in Canada are in Saskatchewan.

But having now read that there is no uranium mining in the province there is an OIC that spells out miners protection when it comes to Health risks.....don't know why this would come into play in 2008.... if there's not mining of uranium why would there be a law stated that there's a limit to how much exposure one cannot go over.....

No comments: