The Uranium Industry in Haliburton County
Location of Document
The story of the uranium industry in Haliburton County and its legacy to the present fabric of place is explored in this paper. Beginning with the Federal government's role in developing this industry in the mid 1950s, the paper describes the geology of the Cardiff/Haliburton areas with its two main groups of rocks; the Grenville type metasediments and the plutonic ones. The development of the Bicroft and Canadian Dyno uranium mines in the 50s is outlined focusing on production and employment figures as well as settlement patterns developed by both mines in the housing developments of Cardiff, Bicroft Heights, and Dyno Estates. Follow-up studies done on radioactive waste and uranium mill tailings after mine closures are presented. Chapters on globalization and the legacy of uranium mine waste as well as opportunities for uranium to become part of the industrial heritage of the area conclude the paper.