British Columbia Mine Reclamation Symposium

Stakeholder engagement and additional remediation of the decommissioned Beaverlodge uranium mine site Webster, M.; Hockley, Daryl


The Beaverlodge uranium mine and mill were decommissioned by Eldorado Nuclear in the early 1980’s. Since 1985 the site has been in “transition phase monitoring”. Close-out objectives set at the time of decommissioning and have largely been met; however regulatory agencies and industry struggled to come up with an acceptable and sustainable exit strategy. Through the development of the Province of Saskatchewan’s Institutional Control Program a sustainable exit strategy has become a reality within the province. The Institutional Control Program has provided industry with clear and attainable remediation goals, while ensuring long-term environmental stewardship of remediated industrial sites. Arguably the greatest challenge facing mine closure projects today becomes one of stakeholder engagement. This paper discusses the site management strategy, as well as the risk assessment and stakeholder engagement tools utilized by Cameco and its consultants in the development of an acceptable path forward plan, as the site is being prepared for transfer to the ICP.

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