Central Huron wants to hear more about hosting a facility for used nuclear fuel (April 2012)

Bullet News CLINTON – A central storage facility for used nuclear fuel located in Central Huron could provide jobs for the future, says a local councillor.

“At some point, the whole county is going to have to look at what will sustain it,” said Brian Barnim, a councillor from Central Huron, during a strategic planning session recently. Some discussion during the session centered around the loss of about 200 jobs as a result of the closure of Bluewater Youth Centre and the uncertainty of jobs at Clinton Racetrack Slots and Clinton Raceway as a result of recent provincial government announcements.

Council agreed to ask the Nuclear Waste Management Organization to make a presentation to the community on what it would mean to host the $16- to $24-billion facility for storage of irradiated fuel bundles from reactors. Currently, the spent bundles are placed in dry storage after seven to 10 years of cooling and lowering radioactivity levels in pools of water.  In Ontario, the bundles are stored on an interim basis in silos. They will all be moved to this single underground facility….

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