03/08/2012 04:32 EST | Updated 05/08/2012 05:12 EDT

Canada Uranium Mining: Labrador Inuit Enact Legislation To Lift Moratorium

NAIN, N.L. - The Inuit government of Labrador has enacted legislation that lifts its moratorium on uranium mining.

The Nunatsiavut government implemented a ban in 2008 following concerns about the environmental impact of uranium mining, which produces tailings that emit radiation.

In December, the government unanimously voted to lift the ban, saying it has developed legislation to protect the environment and ensure the Inuit have a role in protecting land.

Located in northern Labrador, Nunatsiavut is roughly the size of New Brunswick.