97% of local residents support Cameco’s continued operations in Blind River

97% Support Blind River Refinery

“We are very proud of these results as they positively reflect the efforts we make to build and keep strong community connections in Blind River,” said Chris Astles, general manager of Cameco’s Blind River refinery.

Residents of Blind River continue to show strong support for local Cameco operations. According to a recent public opinion survey, 97% of local residents support Cameco’s continued operations in Blind River. The results of the survey, which has been conducted three times in the past decade, remain consistent.

“We are very proud of these results as they positively reflect the efforts we make to build and keep strong community connections in Blind River,” said Chris Astles, general manager of Cameco’s Blind River refinery.

Astles also believes the strong community support reflects Cameco’s position as a leader in safety and environmental performance. In June 2018, the refinery celebrated the remarkable achievement of operating 12 full years without a lost-time injury. Since 1990, Blind River has received Cameco's top award for safety performance, the Mary-Jean Mitchell Green Award, more times than any other Cameco facility.

The survey also indicated increased public confidence in overall safety of the facility with nearly all respondents (95%) agreeing Cameco does everything possible to protect people and the environment, up from 86% in 2013 and 84% in 2009.

A third party firm, Fast Consulting, conducts the public opinion survey on Cameco’s behalf and polls 200 Blind River residents. Cameco regularly conducts the survey to measure levels of awareness, support and trust in the community and to gauge the effectiveness of its communication and public engagement efforts. The complete summary report is available on camecofuel.com