Canada has five operational uranium mines and mills located in northern Saskatchewan.The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is responsible for regulating, licensing and
inspecting these facilities to protect the public, workers and the environment.
Digging Up the Facts:
30on site inspections CNSC inspectors completed 30 on site inspections of uranium mines and mills in 2015.
600monitoring stations Inspectors collect and analyze data from over 600 sediment, air and water quality
Fish, animals and plants are tested regularly to reaffirm they are safe for consumption.
19environmental spills were reported to the CNSC. All spills were minor, cleaned up quickly and had no lasting environmental impacts.
9,300metric tonnes of uranium were produced.
0grams were used to produce nuclear weapons.
7,490people worked in Canadian uranium mines and mills.
0were overexposed to radiation.
The CNSC requires nuclear facility operators to provide financial guarantees to cover the costs of decommissioning and long-term waste management to ensure no burden is left to future generations.