MP pleased nuclear waste facility rejected in vote

James Marshall
February 3, 2020

The generating company, which insisted the stable bedrock would safely contain the waste, items such as contaminated reactor components and mops, said it respected SON's decision.

Ontario depends heavily on nuclear power for its electricity but a permanent storage solution for the increasing amounts of waste now stored above ground has proven elusive.

Kuntz said DGRs around the world have generally taken about 25 to 30 years from inception to implementation.

Lester Anoquot is chief of the Saugeen First Nation, one half of the native bands, who voted down the planned waste project. "So we will uphold our 2013 commitment not to proceed with the DGR at the Bruce site without their support, and now we will move forward to develop an alternate solution".

An Ontario Indigenous community has overwhelmingly rejected a proposed nuclear-waste bunker in its area. ". Our people have voted against the DGR; (this) tells us that we must work diligently to find a new solution for the waste". "To enjoy the benefits of this low-carbon, low-cost and reliable source of energy with peace of mind, we must manage the waste responsibly".

"Permanent and safe disposal is the right thing to do for future generations", Hartwick said.

"Burying radioactive nuclear waste beside the precious waters of the Great Lakes was always a bad idea", she said Saturday.

The statement notes this process may take many years.

Asked about the financial incentive SON reportedly was offered, Kuntz says: "We have equity agreements with First Nations on different projects in Ontario and those details tend to be confidential because it's commercially sensitive information".

"We know that the waste now held in above-ground storage at the Bruce site will not go away", he said. We have a responsibility to our Mother Earth to protect both her and our lands and waters.

After OPG committed to not proceeding with the project without securing Saugeen Ojibway Nation's approval, SON says it went through nearly two years of hearings and launched a community process to inform members about nuclear issues and the DGR project.

The apparent end of the road for the project comes shortly after the federally-mandated Nuclear Waste Management Organization said it was making progress toward choosing a site for storing millions of far more toxic spent nuclear fuel bundles.

The proposed waste disposal site, located less than a mile from Lake Huron, has drawn strong opposition. Four adjacent municipalities also passed resolutions to support the project.

The province's giant utility, Ontario Power Generation, had wanted to build the repository 680 metres underground about 1.2 kilometres from Lake Huron as permanent storage for low and intermediate-level radioactive waste. Final site selection in the NWMO process isn't expected to come until 2023.

Polling stations were set up Friday at the James Mason Memorial Culture & Recreation Centre at Saugeen First Nation and Cape Croker Community Centre at Neyaashiinigmiing.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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