Manitouwadge ponders nuclear storage (March 2012)

Manitouwadge ponders nuclear storage

Mayor says community needs to make an informed decision

CBC News

Posted: Mar 16, 2012 12:20 PM ET

The Mayor of Manitouwadge says council wants to learn more about the potential to store nuclear waste near the community.

But John MacEachern said that doesn’t mean Manitouwadge is interested in becoming a host site.

MacEachern said it’s prudent for Manitouwadge to learn more, especially with several other towns already involved in the process.

“My big thing is I wouldn’t want people to have a knee-jerk reaction that says ‘we just don’t want to know anything about it,” MacEachern said.
“Not knowing is probably worse than knowing and saying ‘no we don’t want it.'”

MacEachern said he will meet with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization later this month. The town has joined the list of communities in the northwest looking into the possibility of storing nuclear waste, but it has not formally joined the process.

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