Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Cluff Lake

Cluff Lake decommissioning (Saskatchewan)


CNSC approves license renewal for Cluff Lake decommissioning

On July 22, 2009, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), after holding a one-day public hearing (June 10, 2009) approved AREVA Resources Canada Inc.'s application to renew the Uranium Mine Decommissioning Licence for the Cluff Lake Project for a ten-year licence term.
> Download Notice of Public Hearing, March 20, 2009 external link (PDF)
> Download Hearing Transcript June 10, 2009 external link (PDF)
> View CNSC release July 22, 2009 external link
> Download Record of Proceedings, including Reasons for Decision

Road blockade against hiring policy for decommissioning of Cluff Lake mine

The road leading to the Cluff Lake Mine in the Northwest part of the Province of Saskatchewan, is under blockade by the Clearwater First Nation in La Loche, situated approximately 350 km north of Meadow Lake.
The Cluff Lake Mine is currently under decommissioning. The protesters are upset that Cogema Resources, Inc., did not hire one single person from La Loche which is the community closest to the mine site, although the mining company had previosly promised to hire Northerners.
The blockade is supported by the Chief in Council of Clearwater First Nation, Roy Cheecham, and the council. (Günter Wippel Aug. 29, 2004)
The road blockade was ended on Sep 5, 2004. (Radio Canada Sep. 5, 2004)

No Review Panel on Cluff Lake decommissioning

On April 15, 2004, the Minister of the Environment David Anderson announced that the decommissioning of the Cluff Lake Uranium Mine and Mill facility in Saskatchewan does not require further assessment by a review panel or mediator under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The Minister referred the project, proposed by COGEMA Resources Inc., back to the federal responsible authority, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), for appropriate action.
> View CEAA release Apr. 15, 2004 external link

CNSC issues decommissioning license for Cluff Lake

On July 20, 2004, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), after holding a two-day public hearing (April 29 and June 9, 2004), issued a decommissioning licence for COGEMA Resources Inc.'s Cluff Lake Project located in Northern Saskatchewan.
> Download Notice of Public Hearing external link (PDF)
> Download Hearing Transcript April 29, 2004 external link (PDF)
> Download June 9, 2004 Updated Public Hearings Agenda external link (PDF)
> Download Hearing Transcript June 9, 2004 external link (PDF)
> View CNSC release July 20, 2004 external link
> Download Record of Proceedings, including the Reasons for Decision, July 20, 2004 external link (PDF)

Cluff Lake decommissioning report open for public comment

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), has undertaken a comprehensive study of the Cluff Lake decommissioning project.
According to Cogema's proposal, the tailings management facility will be covered in-situ. One open pit will be backfilled and two others will be flooded. The remaining waste rock piles will be covered. Long term monitoring of the decommissioned facility will follow.
Comments from the public had to be received by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) no later than February 27, 2004.
> View CEAA release Jan. 28, 2004 external link
> Download Comprehensive Study Report, Cluff Lake Decommissioning Project, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, December 2003 external link

"Scope of Project and Assessment Report" released for Cluff Lake Decommissioning Project

COGEMA Resources Inc. (CRI) has applied to the Atomic Energy Control Board (AECB) to decommission its Cluff Lake Uranium facility in northern Saskatchewan. AECB has released the final "Scope of Project and Assessment" document which will provide COGEMA Resources Inc. (CRI) with guidance and direction on preparing the environmental assessment report for the proposed decommissioning of the facility.
(AECB Update Oct. 20, 1999) > View CNSC information on Environmental Assessment - Decommissioning of Cluff Lake Uranium Facility external link