Collective of 22 Quebec Mining Professionals

December 17, 2009 14:17 ET

For Accurate and Transparent Information on Uranium

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2009) - The 22 Quebec mining professionals who have signed this press release are upset by attempts to manipulate public opinion against the uranium industry and the mining industry in general. We feel it is necessary to re-establish a level of accuracy and transparency in the current debate. We remind you of the following facts:

1. The richest uranium mines in the world are located in Canada, and Canada is one of the largest uranium producers in the world. Modern mines are operated as open pit and underground without particular damage to local populations or the environment. Recent studies prove it.

2. Life expectancy in Saskatchewan, which is producing 20% of the world's uranium, is the same as in any developed country, whether or not it produces uranium. These mines generate thousands of safe, well-paid jobs. They favour harmonious development of aboriginal communities. This industry benefits from consistent, widespread public support regardless of changes in government.

3. Like all industries, the uranium industry is regulated. The regulations are federal and provincial, and are destined to protect the public and the environment. The regulatory agencies are independent. They have the authority to suspend or permanently block a project that would be dangerous for the public or the environment. No mine is built if it could potentially have a harmful effect on the public or the environment.

4. Radioactivity and radon are natural phenomena that occur everywhere, with or without a uranium mine. The standards in effect allow radioactivity and radon progenies to be controlled and the negative effects to be fully suppressed, in mines and in the immediate vicinity of deposits. Health and safety measures regulating the uranium industry in Canada have long demonstrated their efficiency.

5. An exploration project does not automatically mean that there will be a mine, despite all the money invested. A very limited number of exploration projects reaches the commercial production stage, and only after the completion of extremely rigorous technical, economic and environmental studies.

6. Nuclear energy does not contribute to the greenhouse effect. Many environmental activists consider it to be part of the solution to global warming. More than 80 countries have already grasped this. The waste produced represents a minute volume for which long-term technological solutions exist.

7. Mining industry professionals are scientists and members of professional organizations like the Ordre des ingenieurs du Quebec and the Ordre des geologues du Quebec. They are subject to a stringent code of ethics. They cannot act against the public interest.

8. Quebec's public health department, through the Agence de la sante et des services sociaux de la Cote-Nord, has jurisdiction in this matter. It has concluded that uranium exploration is of no danger whatsoever to the public.

9. The uranium industry contributes to the sustainable development of Quebec regions. It leads to the development of technical and scientific expertise that is beneficial for the future and that contributes to economic prosperity, while respecting environmental imperatives.

10. Uranium and radioactive isotopes lays a key role in our daily lives: cancer detection and treatment, smoke detectors, elimination of deadly bacteria, electricity, etc. Some people capitalize on fear and ignorance by spreading misleading or outdated information. These manipulation attempts aside, every citizen has the right to inquire and to receive accurate, responsible and transparent information.

Paul Archer, Engineer, M.Sc., Vice-president Exploration, Mines Virginia, Former President of the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association, 1997-1998

Robert Bryce, Engineer, Former President of the Quebec Mining Association

Peter J. Cashin, Geologist, M.Sc. President and CEO, Quest Uranium Corporation

Philippe Cloutier, Geologist, President and CEO, Ressources Cartier Inc.

Christian Derosier, Geologist, M.Sc., D.Sc., Apella Resources Inc., Former President of the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association, 1985-1986

Jean Descarreaux, Geologist, Ph.D., Former President of the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association 1977-1978

Nicolas Fehrenbach, MBA, President and executive director, AREVA Quebec Inc.

Marco Gagnon, Geologist, M.Sc., President and CEO, Adventure Gold Inc., Former President of the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association, 2006-2008

Andre Gaumond, Engineer, M.Sc., President and CEO, Mines Virginia, Former President of the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association, 1996-1997

Marie-Jose Girard, Geologist, M.Sc., President and CEO, Dios Exploration Inc.

Yves Harvey, Engineer., Ph.D., Outgoing President of the Quebec Mining Association

Guy Hebert, B.Sc., MBA, President and CEO, Ressources Strateco Inc.

Youcef Larbi, Geologist, Ph.D., Chief Geologist and CEO, Cree Mineral Exploration Board

Michel Leclerc, Engineer, President of the Quebec Mining Exploration

Jean-Marc Lulin, Geologist, Ph.D., President and CEO, Exploration Azimut Inc.

Glenn J. Mullan, Geologist, Chairman, President and, Golden Valley Mines

Ghislain Poirier, Engineer, M.Sc., Stornoway Diamonds Corporation, President of the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association

Gerald Riverin, Geologist, Ph.D. President and CEO, Cogitore Resources Inc., Former President of the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association

Sean Roosen, President and CEP, Osisko Mining Corporation

Yves Rougerie, Geologist, M.Sc., President and CEO, Ressources Abitex Inc.

Gregg Sedun, LLB, Chairman and CEO, Uracan Resources Ltd

MacKenzie Watson, Engineer, President and CEO, Freewest Resources Canada Inc.

Contact Information

  • Guy Hebert : 450-641-0775
    Jean-Marc Lulin : 450-646-3015
    Ghislain Poirier : 418-780-3938