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NEWS: CNSC decision on Great Lakes still pending

On November 22 the National Post reported that, “The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has a month…to make a decision” about the controversial plan by Bruce Power to transport sixteen radioactive steam generators across the Great Lakes to Sweden. According to that report that would make the decision day today.

But Postmedia News recently reported that, “The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission is expected to release its decision on Bruce Power’s proposal at the end of December or in early January.”

The good news is that the shipments, originally scheduled for this past September, now won’t be able to happen until at least April given the onset of winter.

“Public hearings held in Ottawa earlier this year by the commission heard arguments from close to 80 groups across Canada (including the Council of Canadians), the United States and Sweden that are opposed to the plan. Representatives from environmental, municipal and aboriginal groups are worried about the possible environmental impact that may result from hauling 1,600 tonnes of radioactive waste from the shores of Georgian Bay.”

“If the plans get the go-ahead, it would mark the first time a shipment of this size has ever been transported across the Great Lakes. …The decision can only be appealed to the Federal Court of Canada.”

To read about the Council of Canadians presentation to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission on September 29 on this issue, please go to http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=4770.