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N.S. New Democrats call for permanent ban on uranium mining

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia New Democrats plan to introduce legislation tonight to permanently ban uranium mining in the province.

The province introduced a ban in 1982 but its status has been unclear since 1995. NDP environment critic Graham Steele says the mining industry in the province has done nicely since the early 1980s without uranium and he wants to make the ban permanent.

He says Natural Resources Minister David Morse recently suggested he's open to the idea of lifting the moratorium on uranium mining.

Steele says the safety of uranium mining has always been controversial.

But he says the main reason to bring in a permanent ban is because uranium is used to build nuclear weapons and operate nuclear power plants.

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