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NEWS: Peterborough chapter challenges GE over uranium fuel bundles

The Peterborough Examiner reports that, General Electric-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada faced criticisms of its public consultation process and concerns about potential future operations at its Peterborough facility during a license renewal hearing Thursday in Ottawa.”

“Several Peterborough residents spoke at the second of two hearings for the proposed 10-year operating license for GE-Hitachi nuclear fuel fabrication facilities in Peterborough and Toronto. Many of the concerns revolved around an amendment to the license the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) granted in February to allow the Peterborough facility to assemble low-enriched uranium fuel bundles.”

“The public consultation has been limited and inadequate, said Roy Brady, chairman of the local chapter of the Council of Canadians.”

“‘This is a nuclear issue–pretty serious stuff,’ he told the commission. ‘Most people in Peterborough are actually unaware of the amendment that has been approved….There is a clear suspicion out there…that General Electric may produce enriched uranium in Peterborough. The public feels unconsulted, especially in the neighbourhood. And they are currently in an uproar.'”

“Peter Mason, the president and CEO of GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada, …has said he expects a decision from the commission on the license renewal application in January.”

The full article is at http://m.peterboroughexaminer.com/article.aspx?a=2884610.