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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Paul Willcocks, "Uranium mining a hot issue -- again," Victoria Times-Colonist, March 23, 2009.

The province's handling of uranium mining brings to mind Homer Simpson's approach to operating a nuclear power plant.

And the stumbles could get expensive for taxpayers, if a disgruntled company does well in court.

Uranium mining brings a classic clash of B.C. values -- the resource sector, used to wresting wealth from the ground, versus the urbanites and retirees, who have never forgotten Three Mile Island and The China Syndrome. And who don't much like mining near them in any form.

This month the cabinet had a Homer Simpson moment. "B.C. strengthens position against uranium mining," a news release claimed. It said cabinet had issued an order-in-council "to prevent permits from being issued for uranium and thorium exploration and development in B.C."

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