CBC Video: Uranium spill sends ship back to B.C.


From CBC – Jan 17, 2011

Regulators have boarded a ship carrying uranium in B.C. waters,
figuring out how to handle a spill of radioactive material in the ship’s

The ship left Vancouver just before Christmas, bound for China. It is
carrying powdered uranium concentrate from the Saskatchewan mining
company Cameco.

But bad weather during the Pacific crossing caused two drums of
uranium to spill into the cargo hold, prompting the crew to turn the
ship back to British Columbia.

The uranium is safely contained within the ship’s hold, Cameco spokesman Rob Gereghty said Monday.

“We’re going through an assessment process right now but the hatch
was sealed once the uranium was found to be on the floor,” Gereghty
said. “We requested the ship to come back so that we could assess,
secure and remediate the situation.”

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About Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.