Public Participation Necessary in Proposal for Nuclear Waste Dump
underground site would store radioactive waste materials from all of
May 23, 2008 (Toronto, ON) – Ontario Power Generation is planning to site an underground radioactive waste dump in Bruce County, Ontario, a mere one kilometre (half a mile) from the shore of Lake Huron. Environmental groups fear the independence of the environmental assessment panel will be compromised by the presence of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.
“The Canadian government wants to build a nuclear waste dump on the shores of the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem. There are serious risks involved in doing this and we want to ensure a full and independent assessment of what the consequences will be, free of bias from the nuclear establishment,” said Gordon Edwards of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility.
“An independent panel is one that has no conflict of interest because its members are not involved in promoting, defending, or licensing nuclear facilities,” Edwards continued.
The nuclear regulator has never had a seat on a panel for environmental assessments, and their role in this one could set a dangerous precedent, downplaying the dump’s radiological risks to health and the environment.
Great Lakes United’s Green Energy and Nuclear Free Task Force urges
that a completely independent review board be established, without Canadian
Nuclear Safety Commission presence. The Task Force also calls on Great Lakes
residents on both sides of the border to speak out, given the potential hazards
of the proposed dumpsite for the entire
After pressure from citizen groups and elected officials in both
“The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, like the U.S. Nuclear
Regulatory Commission, has all too often rubberstamped risky nuclear
experiments. Given the grave radiological risks of this proposed dumpsite on
the shore of the Great Lakes, they would have a conflict of interest and
undermine an independent environmental assessment,” said Kevin Kamps of Beyond
“Citizens from across the
The proposal involves building a deep repository beneath the Bruce
Nuclear plant site near
Last week the Macomb County Water Quality Board and the Macomb County
Board of Commissioners in
The documents under review, and the comment process can be found online at: http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/DocHTMLContainer_e.cfm?DocumentID=26204
The Task Force is made up of concerned citizens and organizations
promoting green energy solutions for the Great Lakes and
For More Information
Gordon Edwards, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility 514-839-7214
Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear, 240-462-3216
Kay Cumbow, Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination 810-346-4513
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