Uranium mining in Northern Saskatchewan is monitored by the Northern Saskatchewan Environmental Quality Committee (NSEQC), to confirm environmental protection measures and ensure operations are conducted to increase the socio-economic benefits of the surrounding communities.
The Northern Saskatchewan Environmental Quality Committee (NSEQC), which was established in 1995, enables northerners to learn more about uranium mining activities and to see first-hand the environmental protection measures being employed, and the socio-economic benefits being gained.
The NSEQC is currently made up of representatives from some 34 northern municipal and First Nation communities that are impacted by northern mining operations. The member impact communities of the NSEQC are, in turn, identified in each uranium mine's Human Resource Development Agreement.
Increasingly over the years, the NSEQC has become a more informed and regular voice, providing input into the decisions of both provincial and federal regulators concerning uranium mining issues in the North.
NSEQC's Vision Statement
The Environmental Quality Committee, composed of trusted and knowledgeable people each nominated by his/her community, is a bridge between northerners, government and the uranium mining industry - a bridge built upon a solid foundation of mutual trust and respect.
The Environmental Quality Committee is not vested with regulatory responsibilities, but rather is structured to provide a forum which will ensure consideration of the concerns and recommendations of northerners on the way in which uranium development occurs in northern Saskatchewan.
Through informed dialogue and communication, government, the uranium mining industry, and the people of the north, together, will strive to ensure that all uranium mining activity takes place in a manner which considers the needs and aspirations of those people most directly affected, the people of northern Saskatchewan.
The Northern Mines Monitoring Secretariat
The NSEQC receives technical and organizational support from the Northern Mines Monitoring Secretariat (NMMS), an inter-ministerial committee chaired by the Ministry of Government Relations, the government ministry responsible for informing northerners about Saskatchewan's uranium mining industry.
The NMMS includes several provincial ministries that regulate and/or support the uranium industry, and also the federal Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. The NMMS has a small staff complement based in La Ronge. The staff's mission is to help NSEQC members understand uranium mining and to assist the NSEQC in making informed comments about the industry.