Repository not proven to be safe – Northwatch (February 2012)

NWMO did not prove repository concept is safe, says Northwatch spokesperson

Still many unknowns about repository

By KEVIN MCSHEFFREY, THE STANDARD

Posted Feburary 1, 2012

A Northern Ontario-based environmentalist group is opposed to the Nuclear Waste Management Organization�s (NWMO) concept of burying high-level spent nuclear fuel rod bundles anywhere.

Last year, a number of communities in the ELNOS (Elliot Lake and North Shore Corporation for Economic Development) region, which runs from Spanish to Blind River and includes two First Nations, expressed an interest in learning more about the concept.

Brennain Lloyd, a spokesperson for North Bay-based Northwatch, says there are a few reasons why Northwatch is opposed to the repository concept.

The main reason for their opposition to the concept of burying high-level nuclear waste in an underground repository is the NWMO has not proven the claims it has made regarding the transportation and long-term storage of high-level nuclear fuel rod bundles underground.

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