A Clean Environment
We are committed to operating our business with the highest level of respect and care for the local and global environment. We strive to be a leader in environmental practices not only by complying with legal requirements, but by preventing pollution, conserving biodiversity, being properly prepared to respond to emergency situations, and by managing the environmental aspects of our business responsibly overall.
We continually refine our performance objectives and revisit the indicators we use to measure our progress, with the goal of continually improving.
Reducing our impact
We establish and implement risk-informed targets to reduce our potential effect on air, water and land, optimize our energy consumption, and manage waste. To ensure an effective approach to environmental performance, all of our operating sites have environmental management systems that are registered to the ISO-14001 standard.
- Water: We have employed water treatment technologies that have improved the quality of the treated water released from our Saskatchewan uranium mining and milling operations. For example, we have dramatically reduced molybdenum, uranium and selenium in effluent at these operations. We continue to look at how we can improve these treatment circuits and increase the efficiency of our water use to achieve even better results at all of our operations.
- Waste: We continue to work on projects to reduce waste, improve the reclamation process and manage waste rock more effectively. For example, at our Rabbit Lake operation, we completed reclamation of the B-Zone waste rock pile, which was a significant undertaking over the past several years.
- Air: We continue to revitalize our facilities to extend the lifespan of our operating sites. Although our emissions have always met all regulatory requirements, we have further improved air emissions by replacing some existing facilities. For example, replacement and upgrades to the sulphuric acid plants at Key Lake and Rabbit Lake have significantly reduced emissions of sulphur dioxide at those sites. Work to replace the calciner at Key Lake is also underway, which is expected to reduce emissions to air from the drying and packaging of the mill’s final product.