Tuesday, July 22, 2008

New uranium rules to protect NBers

Since coming to office almost two years ago, our government has been working diligently to effect the changes that are required to enable New Brunswick to be self-sufficient by 2026.

To achieve this goal we are continuing to take steps to ensure that our province strikes a balance between economic development and environmental protection.

To this end, our government has announced new regulations pertaining to uranium exploration and mining that will serve to better protect drinking water supplies and improve the claims-staking process for property owners in NB.

Uranium exploration and extraction in designated watersheds and well fields, as well as in villages, towns and cities, is now prohibited. Also, uranium exploration is not allowed within 300 metres of a residence.

These changes are consistent with NB's public policy approach of being proactive in protecting designated drinking water supplies.

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