April 26, 2008 / 5:35 AM / 10 years ago

Canadian province bans uranium exploration

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - British Columbia shut the door on exploring for radioactive minerals on Thursday, saying companies cannot claim rights to them even if the discovery is by accident.

The western Canadian province does not have uranium mines, but several companies have been doing exploration work and the mineral can be found when looking for other resources. The country’s only active uranium mines are in the Prairie province of Saskatchewan.

British Columbia said has revised its mining rules to prohibit companies from staking claims for uranium and thorium even when it is discovered as part of a broader project.

The province has already prohibited the building of nuclear power plants.

Reporting Allan Dowd, editing by Rob Wilson

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