Denison plans Canada’s first in-situ recovery uranium mine

Camp at Denison's Wheeler River project in the Athabasca Basin of Saskatchewan. Credit: Denison Mines

Canada’s Denison Mines (TSX: DML) is ready to resume the formal environmental assessment (EA) process for its 90%-owned Wheeler River project in Saskatchewan, which is poised to be the country’s first in-situ recovery uranium mine.

Denison had paused the process in March, due to restrictions related to Covid-19 measures.

President and chief executive David Cates said the company would give formal notice to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment “in the coming days” to restart the process.

“These notifications will inform the regulators of Denison’s intention to resume various activities designed to meet the regulatory requirements for an Environmental Impact statement (EIS) of Wheeler River,” he said.

Before halting the regulatory process, Denison was aiming to submit a draft EIS in early 2022.

With more than US$29 million in cash on the balance sheet at the end of October, Cates said the company was well-funded to pick up the pace.

Denison has already approved certain EA discretionary scopes of work for the rest of 2020, which would be part of the $700,000 of additional evaluation expenditures outlined in its September quarter report.

The company said the EA is a critical element for a future development decision.

Denison has other assets in the Athabasca Basin, including a 22.5% interest in the McClean Lake uranium mill, which processes uranium from Cameco’s Cigar Lake mine.

— This article first appeared in MINING.com, part of the Glacier Resource Innovation Group

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