Uranium mine cleanup moves ahead, but Saskatchewan is left with ballooning cost

Liability for the Gunnar site cleanup lies with the Saskatchewan government, according to Natural Resources Canada. (Saskatchewan Research Council)

By Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Press, May 14, 2017 

Cleanup cost about 10 times higher than original $25M estimate

The total price tag was estimated at under $25 million when the federal government agreed to pay for half the cleanup of a radioactive Cold-War-era uranium mine in northern Saskatchewan.

But a decade later, the expected cost for remediation of the remote Gunnar mine has swelled to about 10 times that and Ottawa isn’t offering any more money, even as the province starts this summer to remediate millions of tonnes of tailings and waste rock left when the mine closed in 1964.

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