12/14/2011 12:08 EST | Updated 02/13/2012 05:12 EST

Labrador's Inuit government votes to lift moratorium on uranium mining

NAIN, N.L. - The Inuit government of Labrador says it will lift its moratorium on uranium mining.

The Nunatsiavut Assembly says it unanimously voted today to lift the ban on the mining, production and development of uranium on Inuit land.

The moratorium was implemented in 2008 following concerns about the environmental impact of uranium mining, which produces tailings with low-level emissions of radiation.

Natural Resources Minister Glen Sheppard says the Nunatsiavut government has developed legislation to protect the environment and has made progress on a land use plan since then.

The government announced in September it would review the moratorium and held public consultations on the issue.

The government says the moratorium won't be lifted until its environmental legislation comes into force, expected by March 9.