The government of Saskatchewan is once again taking the federal government to court, this time over an agreement to clean a uranium mine.
In 2006, the province and the government of Canada signed a memorandum of agreement to split the cost of the clean-up of the Gunnar mine near Lake Athabasca. While the province has provided over $125 Million, the federal government has only contributed just over $1 Million.
Energy and Resources minister Bronwyn Eyre said in this case they’re after half of the cost of the clean-up.
“We haven’t even received half of the original agreement, which would be 12 (Million dollars), but over the course of the time, $135 Million will be spent by the end of this fiscal year.”
Eyre said work will not be suspended at the mine.
“We are simply asking, we are imploring the federal government to pay it’s fair share of continuing remediation work, and to do well by the north and by the environment.”
Total estimated cost of the clean-up is $280 Million. Originally, it was thought clean-up would only cost $24 million, but the scale of the project greatly inflated the cost.
The closest urban centres to the mine is Fond du Lac and Uranium City.