At Cameco, one of our values is the pursuit of excellence in all that we do. The operations and employees listed below have exemplified the very best of this value through leadership, collaboration and innovation.
Mary-Jean Mitchell Green Award
Cameco's highest safety honour, awarded every spring, recognizes outstanding safety achievements.
Cameco Environmental Leadership Awards (CELA)
This award recognizes people and projects that advance the environmental performance of the company.
Projects: Green Exploration Camp, Otish Mountains, Quebec: George Charbonneau, Alexandre Aubin, Gerard Zaluski
This project helped reduce Cameco's environmental footprint at our exploration camp in the Otish Mountains, Quebec.
Green initiatives led to a significant reduction in fuel consumption (170 fewer drums per year), energy savings of 22 kilowatts, reduced waste and eliminated transport of potable water to the site.
Ideas: Colloidal silica gel application for wellfield reclamation, Cheyenne: Lee Snowhite
Current ISR wellfield restoration practices result in large volumes of waste water, are time consuming and have not always met required restoration criteria.
Applying colloidal silica gel mixture could be an environmentally friendly method of restoring groundwater to baseline conditions at in situ recovery (ISR) wellfields. This technique has been successfully tested in the oil and gas industry, and for contamination cleanups.
2010 – In addition to the projects, which are innovations that have already been implemented or are on their way to final approval, this year there was a category for early stage ideas. The winner in each category is listed below.
Projects: Elimination of Ammonia in Production of UO3 at Blind River refinery: Brian Baley and Doug Horne
A change to the historic process at the Blind River refinery has eliminated use of anhydrous ammonia to manage acid concentrations. This change has resulted in the elimination of a form of nitrous oxide from the mill's air emissions; annual savings in combined reagent use; and cost savings for emergency response equipment and training (now that the potential for an ammonia leak no longer exists).
Ideas: Key Lake Revegetation: Pat Landine, Dana Fenske and Rob Van Stone
The goal of this idea is to create the right conditions for the development of a climax plant community (a jack pine forest) by introducing key pioneer species (such as mosses, lichens, shrubs and deciduous trees); taking advantage of available sources of nutrients and soil amendments; and creating micro-climates favourable for the establishment of pioneer plants. This may help us to reclaim areas more quickly following mining.
2008 – Acid Recovery from Strong Acid Strip Solution project: Lorne Schwartz, Angelo Fernando, Marc Boucher and Ed Lam
Cameco Innovation Award
The award recognizes employees who implement innovative work processes or technologies that contribute directly to safety, environmental protection, sustainability or cost reduction.
2012 – Smith Ranch-Highland
To reduce selenium levels in mine effluent, Smith Ranch-Highland employees collaborated with the Cameco technology and innovation research centre in Port Hope. Selenium is a naturally occurring element but it poses environmental risks in high concentrations. Reducing the selenium concentration ensures that processed water can be safely returned to the environment.
2011 – McArthur River
The McArthur River team developed a ground freezing technique that maximizes production while minimizing the risk of costly inflows. The technique, which also reduces the amount of waste rock we generate and the amount of water we consume and treat, represents a significant cost savings and can be applied to other challenging deposits in the Athabasca Basin.
2010 – Rick Forbes, Brian Dixon, April Dent, Craig King, Bob Lusk, Horea Chifa, Ed Gagnon, Ken Pawliuk, Brian Doell and Kelly Bazin (Cigar Lake)
Through innovative application of technology to the 420 level abatement—including the use of a remote operated underwater vehicle (ROV), a large inflatable tunnel seal (the "bag") and a host of creative ideas that had never before been tried—the Cigar Lake team completed dewatering and crews safely re-entered the 480 level in early February of this year.
2010 Special Award – George Assie, Scott Melbye, James Dobchuk, Scott Hyman, Sean Quinn, Wally Leis, Greg Gabruch, Rochelle Maslin and Grant Marshak, with support from other departments and divisions (corporate office)
This special recognition, honouring the 10th anniversary of the Innovation Award, was presented to a team from legal and marketing for their unplanned supply interruption/supply reduction provisions that are included in Cameco's uranium contracts.
2009 – Larry Richardson, Brian McGill, Remi Labelle and Jeannot Boisvert (McArthur River)
Developing a freeze pipe over coring and removal technique to successfully remove decommissioned, grouted in and multi cased freeze pipes. Drill bits and retrieval tools were customized and developed specifically for this application and to the best of our knowledge the methods and tools developed are unique to McArthur River.
2008 – Lawrence Reimann (Cameco Resources)
Developing a bioremediation process for the reduction of metals in ground water using a food source to stimulate the native bacteria, which are faster than chemical reductants, to reduce the formation while eliminating the use of the hazardous chemicals in the restoration process.
2007 – John Takala, Gulshen Tairova, Stephen Allen and Mikhail Ioffe (Safety, Health and Environment, Cameco Innovation and Technology Development and Port Hope Conversion Facility)
Developing a practical, robust and meaningful dosimetry program using an innovative combination of data for urinalysis, lung counting and site-specific uranium solubility
2006 – Mikhail Ioffe, Subir Bhattacharjee and Rob Brulé (Cameco Innovation and Technology Development, Port Hope)
Developing a production process for SEU and BDU powders at CTD for manufacturing CANFLEX fuel bundles for demonstration irradiation and low void reactivity fuel project at Bruce Power
At the CELA showcase, Chris...
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