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NDP to legislate ban on uranium mining

THE CANADIAN PRESS: October 14, 2009

A moratorium on the exploration and mining of uranium in Nova Scotia (Canada) will be turned into law by the provincial government.

The ban has been in place since 1981, but was only in the form of a cabinet policy statement.

Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell says enshrining the ban in law

fulfills a promise made by the NDP.

He says a legislated moratorium will make it more difficult for future

governments to rescind or change the law.

The legislation is modeled on an Australian law.

It will allow mining operations that encounter uranium in the course of looking for another mineral to continue as long as the uranium is present in quantities less than .01 per cent by weight.