The Owen Sound Sun Times reports, “Local opponents of proposed nuclear waste burial sites known as deep geologic repositories are joining forces. Groups in Grey, Bruce and Huron counties have formed the Bluewater Coalition Against the DGRs and announced their plan of action during an inaugural media conference on Thursday in Walkerton.”
“There are two radioactive waste burial plans under consideration in the region. Ontario Power Generation is proposing to construct a DGR for Ontario’s low-level radioactive waste at Tiverton at a site less than a kilometre from Lake Huron. A joint panel is reviewing the environmental and public impacts of the proposal. At the same time, …Brockton, Saugeen Shores, Huron-Kinloss, Arran-Elderslie and Central Huron have all moved to stage three in the discussions with the (Nuclear Waste Management Organization to host for a second DGR for all of Canada’s high-level radioactive waste).”
“(Coalition spokesperson and Brockton Coun. Chris) Peabody said he’s opposed to seeing good farmland used as a burial site for nuclear waste. And he thinks there’s a risk of contaminating the Great Lakes basin the source of drinking water for millions of people in Canada and the U.S.”
For our September 2012 blog ‘NEWS: Great Lakes communities resist nuclear waste sites’, please see http://canadians.org/blog/?p=16390. For our December 2011 blog on Saugeen Shores (which includes the towns of Port Elgin and Southampton) and Brockton (which includes Walkerton) and the threat of nuclear waste sites in their communities, go to http://canadians.org/blog/?p=12708. An April 2011 blog ‘NEWS: Radioactive waste dump planned on shores of Lake Huron’ is at http://canadians.org/blog/?p=6547.
For more on our Great Lakes campaign, see http://canadians.org/greatlakes.