November 15, 2004

Nuclear Safety Commission approves EA guidelines for Cameco proposal to increase mine, mill production

OTTAWA, ONT-The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has approved the environmental assessment guidelines addressing the scope of the project and assessment for Cameco's proposal to increase production at its Key Lake uranium mill and McArthur River mine facilities. The Commission has decided that at this point, the project does not warrant a request to the federal Environment Minister for referral to a mediator or a review panel. In accordance with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, CNSC staff will complete a screening environmental assessment of the project and present a screening report at a public hearing to be convened at a later date. If the Commission concludes, based the screening report, that the project is unlikely to cause significant adverse environmental effects, taking into account appropriate mitigation measures, the next step will be to proceed with a public hearing and decision on the licence application. The CNSC held a public hearing on the draft EA guidelines, at which it considered written submissions and oral presentations from Cameco, CNSC staff and intervenors. More information, including the EA guidelines, the reasons for the CNSC's decision and transcripts of the hearing are available on the CNSC Web site, www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca.
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