Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
March 2, 2009
Sask. Church leaders challenge nuclear power
BY RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER
EDMONTON – Saskatchewan Church leaders plan to release a pastoral letter questioning the province’s reliance on uranium mining and a proposed nuclear power plant.
In an interview Feb. 20 following the annual assembly of the Western Catholic bishops, Archbishop Daniel Bohan of Regina said he expected the letter from Catholic, Lutheran and Anglican bishops would be released Feb. 26.
The letter will be released through Kairos, an ecumenical justice organization, and is being sent out to all the parishes in the dioceses in Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan is the world’s largest producer of uranium and last year, Bruce Power announced that it was doing a feasibility study for a nuclear power plant in the province.
Bohan told the WCR the bishops want to know whether nuclear power is the most effective way to go.
“With uranium mining (the concern) is the environmental threat and damage that can be done through that; the radioactive residue stays radioactive for 200,000 years or something like that,” he said.
“Is that the best environmental way to proceed? It requires uranium and therefore both are tied together.” The bishops’ letter, he said, calls for adequate discussion among the people “so that they clearly know what’s involved and what the pros and cons are.”