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Elliot lake miner edges closer to uranium mine.

Pele Mountain Resources has entered a pre-feasibility study on its way to developing the first operating uranium mine in Elliot Lake Elliot Lake, city (1991 pop. 14,089), S central Ont., Canada, W of Sudbury. The focus of a 1950s uranium-mining boom, it is now a retirement home center.  since 1996.


The Toronto junior mining company is also filing first-stage documents to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), previously known as the "Atomic Energy Control Board" (AECB), is best described as the nuclear energy and materials watchdog in Canada.  to obtain an operating permit.

The company released a scoping study last fall outlining a scenario for developing a mine producing 826,000 pounds of uranium over an 18-year mine life.

Exploratory drilling continues this summer to upgrade and expand Pele's resource base, but not all is rosy.

Serpent River First Nation leaders are rising in opposition to uranium exploration along the North Shore of Lake Huron.

Chief Isadore Day was not available for comment, but in a statement said uranium exploration activity on their traditional land is moving faster than the Ontario government's pace of consultation with his community.

With other developments taking place in the area such as cottage lots, quarry projects, forestry, hydro-electric projects, Day says the government must do a better job in their duty to consult on what has taken place in recent years.

Serpent River residents have distinct memories of the uranium industry.

The reserve of 1,000 is just downriver down·riv·er  
adv. & adj.
Toward or near the mouth of a river; in the direction of the current: swam downriver; a downriver canoe race.

Adv. 1.
 from Elliot Lake where millions of tonnes of dumped radioactive tailings Tailings (also known as tailings pile, tails, leach residue, or slickens[1]) are the materials left over[2] after the process of separating the valuable fraction from the worthless fraction of an ore.  contaminated contaminated,
v 1. made radioactive by the addition of small quantities of radioactive material.
2. made contaminated by adding infective or radiographic materials.
3. an infective surface or object.
 water in the Serpent River. Many in the community were stricken with cancer from drinking and cooking with contaminated water during the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

"We have experienced a number of tragic incidents with respect to uranium in our community's history," said Day in a statement, "and we are determined not to allow any of that damage to be inflicted upon our people or lands ever again."

Based on his relations with Serpent River, Pele Mountain president Al Shefsky believes his company's advanced stage project is not specifically being targetted.

"We continue to communicate in a friendly and productive about the project."

Shefsky says he is sensitive to the community's needs and its infamous legacy with uranium mining Uranium mining is the process of extraction of uranium ore from the ground. As uranium ore is mostly present at relatively low concentrations, most uranium mining is very volume-intensive, and thus tends to be undertaken as open-pit mining.  industry and adds resource revenue sharing revenue sharing

Funding arrangement in which one government unit grants a portion of its tax income to another government unit. For example, provinces or states may share revenue with local governments, or national governments may share revenue with provinces or states.
 with First Nations should be considered.

"I think the time has come that it should be taken seriously," says Shefsky, with a portion of taxes and royalties collected by government from mines on traditional lands going back to First Nations.

Shefsky says his company has hired a group from Serpent River to assist with baseline environmental work.


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Date:Jul 1, 2008
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