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Incident Notifications

In keeping with our commitment to open communications and public disclosure, Orano regularly updates our Incident Notification Report. The report notifies the public of incidents, which may be important to them, remedial actions undertaken, and their potential effect on health, safety, and the environment.

DateTitleDescriptionResolutionEffect
July 5, 2017Moffat Lake Exploration Camp Legacy Diesel DiscoveryAs a result of preventative and corrective actions from a prior discovery of diesel contaminated soil at the Moffat Lake Exploration Camp in 2016, other areas in the vicinity of the camp were recently (2017) identified. The legacy areas were investigated and five of them were found to have hydrocarbon contamination and are being reported as a discovery as per Section 1-3 of the Discharge and Discovery Reporting Chapter of the Environmental Code . In all cases, the contaminated areas coincide with locations where diesel fuel tanks for building heaters were located. The cause of the contaminated ground is suspected to be from overfilling the diesel tanks and/or leakage from the tanks or lines over many years of usage.The affected ground is being excavated and will be taken to the hydrocarbon landfarm located at the nearby McClean Lake site for remediation. Confirmatory soil samples will be collected post remediation activities.The effects on the environment will be negligible. There are no effects on worker/public health or safety.
June 26, 2017Discharge of 1m3 of pond sludgeDuring a pond cleaning operation at the SABRE research and development project, while suctioning the pond sludge with a hydrovac truck, the truck's rear gate was inadvertently opened which caused the discharge of about 1m3 of the load to the ground next to the pond. Most of the sludge flowed back into the pond. The rear gate was closed as soon as the issue became apparent. The soil was shoveled into the berms to prevent further spread of the material. The liquid was sucked up with the hydrovac truck and returned to the pond and the area was scrapped up.The gate locking mechanism which failed - as it should not open while the hydraulic line's valve is closed - will be examined by a mechanic and will be repaired or replaced.
Potential effects on the environment will be negligible. There are not effects to worker/public health or safety.
February 5, 2017Tractor-Trailer Road IncidentA tractor-trailer carrying a full load of 46 drums of U3O8 uranium concentrate from the McClean Lake mill slid off the road about 20km south of Wollaston Landing and is in the ditch. There are no injuries. The trailer is upright and does not appear to be damaged.A tow-truck is on its way to the scene to pull the tractor-trailer out of the ditch and take it back to the McClean Lake Operation where the trailer’s content will be inspected.No effects to the environment and no worker/public health or safety effect expected.
January 13, 2017 Discharge of 3L of anhydrous ammonia It was noticed in the morning that approximately 3 litres of anhydrous ammonia had spilled onto the road at the anhydrous ammonia off-loading station during the night-shift off-loading. Temperatures overnight dipped to -41.3C and averaged -36.1C. The consistently low temperatures kept the spilled anhydrous ammonia in liquid form, while under warmer conditions such as small amount would have dissipated as a gas.The affected ground was scraped up and the material was disposed of in the hydrocarbon land-farm. An investigation was initiated. Potential effects on the environment will be negligible. There are no effects to worker/public health or safety.
December 20, 2016Anhydrous Ammonia DischargeApproximately 1 litre of anhydrous ammonia dripped from the end of an offloading hose into the snow. There was no visible leak at the time the presence of ammonia was discovered.

All affected snow was removed and placed in the hydrocarbon landfarm. A pail was placed beneath the end of the pipe on the storage rack.​ An investigation was initiated.

Negligible effects to the environment and no worker/public health or safety effect expected.
October 10, 2016Discharge of 1L of AmmoniaA slow leak of approximately 1 litre of anhydrous ammonia from a holding tank on the McClean Lake mill terrace was discovered when the presence of bubbling water at a flange connection under the tank was observed, which indicated the escape of anhydrous ammonia gas. There were no personnel working in the area prior to the discovery of the slow leak.A drip tray was placed under the flange to capture any ammonium hydroxide that may fall. The tank is being drained to allow repairs of the flange to be done. An investigation is ongoing.No effects to the environment and no worker/public health or safety effect expected.
September 29, 2016Release of 20L of Sulphuric AcidDuring unloading of sulphuric acid from a transport truck into the sulphuric acid plant at the McClean Lake Operation, it was noticed that there was a drip coming from the unloading hose coupling that attaches to the trailer’s discharge nozzle. Immediate action was undertaken to place a pail under the leak to contain it and to stop the unloading process to disconnect the discharge nozzle and replace its O-ring. Upon restart of the unloading process the new O-ring failed and sulphuric acid sprayed from the fitting. The unloading process was stopped immediately however 20 litres of sulphuric acid was released in the process. As required, the employees were wearing full chemical suits and face shields at the time and there was no harm.Absorbent pads were used to clean-up the discharge and the ground surface was scraped and the material disposed of in the contaminated landfill. An investigation is ongoing.Negligible effects to the environment and no worker/public health or safety effect expected.
July 29, 2016Discharge of Magnetite SlurryAn operator inadvertently left the valve open to the strain basket in the Ferric Sulphate plant while the cover was removed for cleaning. When the reactor charge water auto-valve opened to fill the reactor tank with fresh water, the fresh water was released into the sump through the open strain basket causing the sump to overflow and fill the area with a mixture of water and sump material (mainly magnetite). Approximately 4m3 of water and sump mixture was released to the environment through the man-door of the Ferric Sulphate plant.The flow from the reactor was stopped, the liquids collected using a vacuum truck and the affected ground scraped up and disposed of on the ore pad. Investigation into this incident is ongoing.The flow from the reactor was stopped, the liquids collected using a vacuum truck and the affected ground scraped up and disposed of on the ore pad. Investigation into this incident is ongoing.
February 14, 2016Anhydrous Ammonia DischargeApproximately 20 litres of anhydrous ammonia leaked from the supply truck offloading nozzle.The snow, ice and ammonia mixture was collected and put through the precipitation circuit for disposal. The ground has been scraped up and the affected material taken to the hydrocarbon land-farm for disposal. The leaking nozzle has been repaired.Negligible effects to the environment and no worker/public health or safety effect expected.

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Orano is committed to being the best in class uranium producer by achieving objectives that continually improve the performance and effectiveness of its Integrated Management System (IMS) related to health & Safety, environment, security, economics and quality. Through procedural discipline and adherence to internationally recognized standards, Orano has established an IMS that applies to the entire organization and its employees.

Health & Safety Policy

Orano is committed to providing a healthy and safe work environment for all of its employees and contractors, and to ensuring that all work is performed in a safe and responsible manner that meets regulatory and company standards.

Environmental Policy

Orano recognizes that continued economic and social development depends on a healthy environment. Environmental considerations are incorporated into all company activities to ensure sustainable development. Orano is committed to the continual improvement of approaches and technology to minimize the effects of its activities on the environment.

Corporate Social Responsibility Policy

Orano recognizes a responsibility to the stakeholders in areas in which we have activities and is committed to their meaningful involvement in those activities.

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