Rabbit Lake Mine and Mill
Cameco announces operational changes at its Rabbit Lake operation
On April 21, 2016, Cameco announced that it is suspending production at its Rabbit Lake mine and mill in northern Saskatchewan. Read Cameco’s news release.
Cameco owns and is licensed to operate the Rabbit Lake Mine and Mill site, located in northern Saskatchewan. The CNSC has full-time staff in Saskatoon and Ottawa who periodically perform inspections to evaluate operations and to verify compliance with regulatory requirements and licence conditions.
Location: Northern Saskatchewan
Licensee: Cameco Corporation
Licence issued: November 1, 2013
Licence expires: October 31, 2023
Start of commercial operation: 1975
Licensing documentation: Request a copy of the Rabbit Lake Mine and Mill licence and licence condition handbook by email
The Rabbit Lake deposit was discovered in 1968. Open-pit mining of the Rabbit Lake deposit and the mill operations commenced in 1975. The Rabbit Lake deposit was mined out by 1984. The facility currently consists of an active underground mine (Eagle Point mine), a mill and associated waste rock storage and tailings management facilities. The operation is located 750 kilometres north of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. For more information, visit Cameco's website.
Focus on safety and the environment
The CNSC is committed to protecting the safety of people and the environment. Click below for current environmental and safety performance data for Cameco’s Rabbit Mine and Mill:
Operating Performance of the Rabbit Mine and Mill
The CNSC produces an annual report on the performance of uranium fuel cycle and processing facilities, which includes the Rabbit Lake Mine and Mill. The report provides information on events, facility modifications, and areas of increased regulatory focus. It also tracks data on:
- public and worker radiation dose
- lost-time incidents for workers
- environmental monitoring results
- environmental reportable spills and corrective actions taken
- current financial guarantees for future decommissioning costs
Read the report to learn about the operating performance of the Rabbit Lake Mine and Mill.
- April 14, 2021: Decision on the application by Cameco Corporation for acceptance of a revised financial guarantee and licence modernization amendment for the Rabbit Lake Operation (PDF, 10 pages, 343 KB)
- April 21, 2016: Cameco to suspend production at its Rabbit Lake operation in northern Saskatchewan (source: Cameco)
As part of CNSC's regulatory requirements, major licensees must have robust public information and disclosure programs in place. These programs include a disclosure protocol developed in consultation with community stakeholders.
- Regulatory Oversight Report for Uranium Mines and Mills in Canada
- Regulatory actions
- Event Reports for Major Nuclear Facilities
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