Uranium City resident worries about dust
A man from Uranium City, in Saskatchewan's north, is concerned about the slow pace of environmental work in the area.
Wayne Augier said people are using roads built with rock waste from abandoned uranium mines and locals are driving across an old mine site on a daily basis.
Augier said he is concerned about potential health risks from the dust kicked up by the traffic.
"We get, especially this time of the year, we get winds up to 60, 70 knots," Augier told CBC News. "That's a pretty powerful wind."
The nearby Lorado Mine was closed in 1960 and the waste rock was never tended to.
Recently, the Saskatchewan Research Council began some work on another mine, 25 kilometres away from Uranium City.
Augier said he believes the more immediate priority is closer to the community, where people live.
Uranium City is in the northwest corner of Saskatchewan, close to the border with the Northwest Territories. The current population is estimated at around 75.
Officials with the research council told CBC News they are still assessing what work needs to be done.
Joe Muldoon added they may be able to do some preliminary work on the road, to reduce dust.
"There's different materials we can apply," said Muldoon, a vice-president with the research council. "We can look at whether the road needs to be recapped."
He added that regulatory approval would still be needed before cleanup work could take place at the Lorado Mine site.