Nunavut Grapples With Controversial Uranium Mine

The Epoch Times – Controversy over a proposed open-pit uranium mine has prompted the Nunavut government to hold a series of forums in communities across the territory to get the public’s opinion on the mining and milling operation. The Kiggavik Project, a massive $1.5 billion mine operated by a Canadian subsidiary of Areva—the French multinational and nuclear energy giant—is slated for the Kivalliq region of Nunavut, 80 kilometres west of Baker Lake. Although the government refused to hold a public inquiry on the issue despite petitions tabled in the Nunavut legislature by several communities demanding one, Premier Eva Aariak has announced the public forums, to start later this year, as a way to tap into grassroots opinion. “A public forum would have more people involved in voicing their opinion,” Ariak told the Globe and Mail. “An inquiry is more restrained in the process. It is more formal, would take longer and is much more rigid.” The project is the first uranium mine to be proposed in the territory and one of at least a dozen more awaiting review.

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