Regional Forum on Uranium Exploration and Mining
On May 21 and 22, Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune (MRNF) took part in a regional information forum on uranium exploration and mining held in Sept-Îles. The forum was organized by Conférence régionale des élus (CRE) de la Côte-Nord and provided over 200 participants with information on the uranium mining industry and its impact. The presentations were also recorded for later broadcast on local television.
Sixteen speakers representing various ministries, government bodies, mining companies, and lobby groups from Québec, Saskatchewan, and France were invited. They addressed a total of seventeen topics, which were divided into six themes:
The complete forum program and the content of the presentations are available on the CRE Côte-Nord website. MRNF was represented by Jean-Yves Labbé, who took part in three presentations on general knowledge of uranium, uranium exploration in the Côte-Nord region, and the economic benefits of exploration.
Last January the Ville de Sept-Îles called for a permanent moratorium on uranium exploration and mining in Québec. A number of demonstrations were held by Côte-Nord residents to support this demand. The goal of the forum held in May was to present objective information to the public on uranium exploration and mining so that it could better evaluate the socioeconomic and environmental issues involved.