Letter: The Science of Selling the DGR to Communities (July 2012)

Letter to the Editor, Saugeen Times

Many articles have been written on the science of the DGR. This article will deal  with the science of how the NWMO is selling the DGR to communities. The material quoted is taken directly from NWMO booklets.

We should all know that the NWMO “was established in 2002 by OPG, HydroQuebec and New Brunswick Power Corp”. It is 100% funded by the Nuclear

The NWMO has committed to be “open and transparent in our process,
communications, and decision-making, so that the approach is clear to all

The NWMO has spent significant time studying the best approach to take in
order to get communities interested in hosting this dump.

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[Letter to the Saugeen Timees by Beverly Fernandez, July 2012]

Nuclear waste issue divides tourist town/Arran-Elderslie enters NWMO process (July 2012)

Tue Jul 3 2012
Waterloo Record
SOUTHAMPTON – More than 500 residents and tourists marched last weekend to protest a potential nuclear waste facility in this Lake Huron tourist town.

It is the largest protest to date in any of the 19 communities across Canada that are vying to host an underground repository that will store all of the country’s high-level nuclear waste, said Mike Krizanc, spokesperson for the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, which is overseeing the selection process for the nuclear waste site.

Last week, the Township of Arran-Elderslie in Bruce County became the latest community to put its name forward.

There are now five communities in Bruce County interested in having this nuclear waste facility, including Saugeen Shore, which includes the towns of Port Elgin and Southampton, popular summer destinations for Waterloo Region residents.

Bruce County has close ties to the Bruce Nuclear Generating Stations, the county’s largest employer.

That plant produces 40 per cent of Canada’s used nuclear fuel which means Bruce County would be impacted in terms of transporting the spent fuel rods to wherever the deep geological repository is located

Carrying signs and chanting “No Nuke Dump”and “Protect Our Lakes”,seasonal and full-time residents as well as tourists marched on Saturday along the town’s main street and on the boardwalk gracing the lake to raise public awareness of the issue.

“I am absolutely appalled. Totally appalled and surprised,” said Jan Nicholson, a visitor from Burlington who hadn’t heard about the proposal until the march.

“Who would want to visit or live beside a nuclear dump?” said Nicholson, who has been vacationing here for years with her family.

Dennis O’Leary, a seasonal Southampton resident, said it’s sad to see how this issue has divided this town of 3,000 between full-time residents who want the jobs created by the nuclear site and the cottagers and tourists who fear it will hurt tourism and property values.

“It is all about the stigma,” added John Wolf, another seasonal resident.

Krizanc said there have been other protests – including last summer’s march by a group of northern Saskatchewan residents – but none that have been as large as Southampton’s.

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Marchers protest nuclear waste plans in Southampton (June 2012)

Waterloo Record staff
Sun Jul 01 2012

SOUTHAMPTON – About 500 people marched in Southampton Saturday to protest plans to have nuclear waste buried in this Lake Huron community.

In May, Saugeen Shores council unanimously voted in favour of proceeding to Stage 2 of a seven-stage selection process to bury about 4.6 million fuel rods on 930 acres of land, 500 metres deep.

Stage 2 involves exploratory work by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, which is overseeing the selection process, to ensure there are no apparent physical reasons why the community could not accommodate a deep geological repository for toxic nuclear waste.

The site selection process takes about 10 years.

This community is divided on the issue as it has close ties to the nearby Bruce Nuclear Generating Station, the largest employer in Bruce County with about 3,000 workers. The plant is also the largest employer in Saugeen Shores, which includes the towns of Port Elgin and Southampton.

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