Mark Bigland-Pritchard: Cameco bosses are risking nuclear war

Regarding the article, “New market for North’s uranium,” published in Northern Pride on April 23, 2013:

What provisions can Cameco or the Saskatchewan and federal governments possibly make to ensure that uranium sold to India does not end up converted to plutonium for weapons use? India is not a signatory of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and so (unlike, for example, Iran) it is not subject to weapons inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Any arrangement agreed with Canada may be easily terminated.

In the early 1970s, the provision of a Canadian CIRUS research reactor enabled India to test its first nuclear weapon in 1974. India now has an arsenal of about 100 nuclear bombs and the means to dispatch them through ballistic missile systems, bombers and submarines. It constructs these bombs using plutonium extracted from “civil” and “research” nuclear reactors, and produced in those reactors from uranium.

If the developing “cold war” between China and India ever turns hot, or if the periodic skirmishes between India and Pakistan ever turn nuclear, the Cameco bosses – together with Brad Wall, Stephen Harper and Joe Oliver – will have the blood of millions on their hands.

Cameco bosses are risking nuclear war for the sake of a few million quick bucks. They aren’t consulting the people from whose lands the uranium is being extracted. They aren’t doing any proper assessment of the health impact of their northern Saskatchewan operations. This speaks volumes about their moral compass. These people are not to be trusted.


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