Kelowna CCNR News
Publisher: Canadian Coalitiion for Nuclear Responsibility, Kelowna, Canada
Periodical profile published 1980
Year Published: 1980
Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number: CX2160
Abstract: The Autumn 1980 issue of Kelowna CCNR News contains two feature articles on mining uranium and the government in British Columbia. The B.C. government passed Bill 39, the new Mines Act in late August. The Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility (CCNR) points to the many loopholes in the Mines Act, loopholes which permit uranium mining to continue in B.C. despite Premier Bennett's moratorium. The first article claims that the Mines Act provides a "black cheque" set of regulations that will allow uranium to be mined as a supplementary mineral. The CCNR-Kelowna proposes that each individual case of such uranium mining be considered separately as to whether the mining should begin or continue. The article calls for a "full-public hearing in the community nearest the proposed mine" with the final decision resting in the hands of the community and not in the hands of the community and not in the hands of the mining companies or civil servants.
The second article of CCNR-News is an evaluation of Robin Luxmoore's report for the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Uranium Mining. The article suggests that the major problem with Luxmoore's report is that it does not prove that a technology exists "to safeguard the environment and the public from the deleterious effects of uranium tail mining". Until such environmental and human safety can be assured the CCNR says that industrial development of uranium should be stopped.
The news bulletin also includes reports on five Saskatchewan anti-nuclear groups' boycott of hearings into the Key Lake uranium mine; the opposition of residents of Beaverdell, Rock Creek and Grand Forks to uranium as raw material for nuclear weapons, and the work of the B.C. Energy Colition in the Peace River District.