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E-M:/ Ties to Michigan: E.Ontario's Citizen's Inquiry on Impacts of Uranium Fuel Cycle

Eastern Ontario: Citizen's Inquiry on Uranium Impacts - see dates and website below

This has relevance for Michigan in many ways. Among them:  Michigan has uranium exploration going on in the U.P.; Michigan utilizes nuclear power for some of the state's electricity, using uranium fuel; Several uranium mines have operated in northern Ontario (including Serpent River, Elliot Lake area, for example, with huge mounds of uranium tailings still on site) - also a uranium refinery (and incinerator) that operates at Blind River, Ontario - these sites (among others) continue to leach uranium and radioactive byproducts via connecting rivers into Lake Huron; uranium mining may restart in the Elliot Lake region; uranium hexafluoride crosses the Blue Water Bridge on a routine basis, heading from Canada to points south. These alone are compelling reasons for folks to support and attend these critical citizen's hearings in eastern Ontario. Uranium mines worldwide tend to be located on First Nation, Black, and Indigenous People's lands giving a "boom and bust" economy. The "bust" part of this cycle leaves the land and waters devastated, with enormous cost to the health of the community, including cancers, birth defects, emphysema, leukemias, etc. -Kay

More information available at: http://www.uraniumcitizensinquiry.com/

The Community Coalition Against Uranium Mining (CCAMU) is holding a Citizen?s Inquiry on the Impacts of the Uranium Fuel Cycle, from exploration and mining through enrichment, power generation and weapons potential to spent fuel rod disposal. 

This will involve, among other things, public hearings, written and oral submissions and the creation of a document encompassing the results of the Inquiry. The Inquiry welcomes factual material from experts, stakeholders and those interested in uranium, as well as commentary on community, health and social justice issues and the environment.

Why a Citizens? Inquiry?

Several areas of eastern Ontario and western Quebec have been staked for uranium exploration in the last 2 years. Some of this is private property; some is Crown land. This has caused grave concern amongst both the aboriginal and the non-native communities. Uranium mining in these areas carries a potential for contamination of three major river systems, two of them upstream of Ottawa, as well as air-born contamination of population centres and agricultural lands.
The Ardoch and Shabot Obaadjiwaan First Nations have taken action to stop drilling on their ancestral lands north of Sharbot Lake. They have been joined by local non-native citizens concerned about their own communities.
Nine local municipal Councils and two counties have passed resolutions petitioning the Ontario government for a moratorium on uranium mining in eastern Ontario. They are joined by the two First Nations communities, several not-for-profit organizations and thousands of Ontario residents who have signed petitions.
The Ontario government has a duty to protect its citizens and has failed in that duty.  In the absence of action from the McGuinty government, CCAMU, in conjunction with a number of non-government organizations (Green Peace, MiningWatch Canada, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, David Suzuki Foundation, Voice of Women, Sierra Club of Canada and Students Against Climate Change) initiated a Citizen?s Inquiry on December 13, 2007.

Locations and Dates:

When:  1-5 p.m., 6-9 p.m. daily
Where: The Citizens Inquiry will be held in four locations in eastern Ontario. Information regarding venues and dates will be announced soon:
Sharbot Lake: 1st week in April
Kingston: Tuesday, April 8 (with the possibility of Wed and Thurs., as necessary, depending on number of registrations received)
Peterborough: Tuesday, April 15 (with the possibility of Wed and Thurs. as necessary)
Ottawa: 4th week in April