Community Coalition Against Mining Uranium (CCAMU)
Inquiry on the Impacts of the Uranium Cycle
A Letter to the Minister of Northern Development and Mines
from Jerry Ackerman
Minister of Northern Development and Mines
99 Wellesley St., W
Whitney Block, Room 5630
Toronto, ON M7A 1W3
Dear Mr. Gravelle,
I am writing to call your attention to issues concerning URANIUM
exploration and mining in the Province of Ontario:
1. Although we have had no rules and regulations regarding this
activity for the past 100+ years, we must develop such. Uranium mining
is deadly, and threatens our well-being forever.
2. The invasion and willful destruction of property and privacy for
the purposes of such mining in inexcusable by any measure.
3. The low-grade material which will be extracted here will result in
200 times as much radioactive waste rock as in created now in
4. There is no solution for safe disposal of the residual waste.
5. For Canada to supply uranium, directly or indirectly, for military
purposes must be seen as aiding and abetting a war crime against
6. Knowledgeable analysts have fully examined the effect of uranium on
plants, animals, and people. Dr. Helen Caldicott’s extensive effects
to alert us to these dangers warrants everyone’s attention. For
example, see her books: New Nuclear Danger; Nuclear Power Is Not the
7. To understand the prospective devastation, see archives of the LA
Times for Judy Pasternak’s investigative articles Nov. 19, 20, 21, 22,
2006 and follow-ups Feb. 25, May 17, Oct. 24, Dec. 7, 2007. She
explains in depth the consequences of mining and processing uranium
(1000 mines and 4 processing mills on Navajo reservation lands,
The question which we must now ask:
What meaningful actions can citizens, residents, taxpayers, and
believers in the democratic process expect from the representatives we
vote into office?
We do expect an immediate, transparent, complete, and final moratorium
on uranium exploration and mining in the Province of Ontario. There is
no need for debate, negotiation, spin, or excuses.
We herald the example of action taken by federal and BC governments in
stopping Northgate’s planned expansion. It would have dumped 700
million tones of toxic waste into Duncan Lake, a lake held sacred by
First Nation residents.
We want you and all related agencies of our government to act on our
behalf to achieve this essential change in policy.
We must stop the current policy of allowing mining interests free
access without regard for private rights or public well-being. We must
establish policies which protect the water we drink and the air we
breathe, for generations to come.
We want you to act to ensure that mining only occurs when and where it
will have no detrimental impact on the future well-being of our
We need to know your immediate response to these concerns.