May 21, 2008 / 6:39 PM / 10 years ago

Cameco poisons may be seeping into Lake Ontario

TORONTO, May 21 (Reuters) - Contaminants such as arsenic and uranium that shut down Cameco Corp’s (CCO.TO) Port Hope, Ontario, nuclear conversion facility last year may be seeping into nearby Lake Ontario, the company said on Wednesday.

The plant’s operations were suspended last July after contaminants were found in nearby soil.

    “Based on the data points we have, and the modeling that we do, it does appear that some contaminants are reaching the water,” company spokesman Doug Prendergast told Reuters.

    The company said the data was taken from studies of wells dug on the property in recent weeks, but that recent samples of lake water have not suggested any noticeable change. (Reporting by Cameron French; Editing by Peter Galloway)

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