QUEBEC CITY – The provincial commission is preparing for public hearings on the issues facing the potential uranium industry in Quebec. The question and information phase of the inquiry begins Sept. 3 in northern Quebec, then moves to Quebec City for two-and-a-half weeks, and wraps up in Kangisqsualujjuaq on Sept. 25, 2014.
The commission was created by the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE). It is chaired by Louis-Gilles Francoeur and includes Michele Goyer and Joseph Zayed. The commission is also working with the James Bay Advisory Committee on the Environment and the Kativik Environmental Advisory Committee.
All aspects of the uranium mining sector are to be examined – exploration, production, cultural, ecological, health residue storage, emergencies, and much more. The schedule of hearings is available in English by clicking here.
The Quebec government announced in March 2013 that it would no longer issue exploration, development or mining permits for uranium projects until an independent study of the impacts of uranium was completed. Strateco Resources of Montreal was forced to shut down its camp at the Matoush project in the northern part of the province.