Nuclear waste storage pitch fuels Wawa opposition (August 2011)

Nuclear waste storage pitch fuels Wawa opposition


Petition launched opposing project, environmental group addresses council


By Shirley Mills


Updated August 2011

The municipality has barely had time to consume mountains of information about hosting a deep geological repository for used nuclear fuel waste before 500 citizens have reacted with a resounding “no” to the project.

A petition was recently launched, giving voice to those in the community opposed to the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s seeking a permanent deep-rock repository for spent nuclear fuel bundles in Wawa. The town, along with Hornepayne, is among eight Canadian communities to date that have expressed an interest in the site selection process.

The petition, Take Wawa Off the Study List � We Do Not Want It, is housed in five locations around town.

“It looks like the government is finally reaching out to the north with a toxic claw. Do we want to leave behind a legacy of disaster?” said long-time Wawa resident and petition co-creator Marie David. …

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