Concerned Baker Lake residents question public support for Areva proposal

CBC North – Only a plebiscite can determine whether a proposed uranium mine has public support, according to a group of residents in Baker Lake, Nunavut. The Baker Lake Concerned Citizens Committee says it wants an investigation into how the Nunavut Planning Commission ruled that Areva Resources Canada Inc.’s proposal to dig a uranium mine meets all stipulations in the Keewatin Regional Land Use Plan. The citizens’ committee, which is concerned about uranium mining in the area, argues that Areva’s proposal does not fully meet Section 3.6 of the plan — that any uranium mining proposal “must be approved by the people of the region,” according to the plan document.

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