By Richard McGuire, Meadow Lake Progress
June 22, 2012
Two communities in northwestern Saskatchewan will, this week, be hearing more about how they could be affected if one of them is chosen as the permanent storage site for Canada’s nuclear waste.
Officials from the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) are holding open houses Tuesday in Patuanak and Thursday in Pinehouse to inform residents about the project to build a deep geological repository for Canada’s nuclear waste.
Thousands of jobs would be created over the life of the project, many of them highly skilled. But the project would also require the shipment, most likely by truck, of thousands of containers carrying highly radioactive spent fuel through northwestern Saskatchewan to one of these communities north of Beauval.
The proposal has divided local residents and officials between those who believe it will provide economic benefits, and those concerned about the risks of bringing such hazardous substances for permanent storage deep underground near their communities.