Time to open up about pros and cons of DGR (August 2012)

By Phil McNichol, Lucknow Sentinel

Monday, August 27, 2012 3:10:02 EDT PM

There”s a good chance a community in Bruce County on or near the Lake Huron shoreline will be picked as the host site for the long-term underground storage of Canada’s growing stockpile of highly radioactive and dangerous “used” nuclear fuel.

Most (80%) of the 2.3 million bundles of used fuel currently in storage under water or in specially built dry containers are at three nuclear plants in Ontario, on the shores of Lake Huron (Bruce Nuclear) and Lake Ontario (Pickering and Darlington). By the time the proposed Deep Geological Repository (DGR) is ready that number could be as high as 7.2 million bundles. The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has estimated a DGR big enough to store that amount of used nuclear fuel would cost $24.5 billion in today’s money.

Yet, the Southampton Curling Club, with enough chairs set up for 600 or 700 people, was only half full for last Saturday’s “No Nuke Dump” town hall event, organized by the Save Our Saugeen Shores (SOS) citizens’ group.

A few local reporters were there, but none from the big city or national media. Just one member of Saugeen Shores’ 
municipal council, Taun Frosst, was there. The absence of area provincial and federal politicians was noted. Most obvious was the empty chair reserved for the “NWMO.” The organization had been invited to participate in a panel discussion, but didn’t send anyone.

Five of the 19 communities in Canada that have formally notified the NWMO of their interest in being chosen as the “willing” host site for its proposed Deep Geological Repository (DGR) are in southern Bruce County, near the Bruce nuclear plant.

The keynote presenter at the SOS event was Dr. Gordon Edwards, a recognized Canadian and international expert on nuclear safety for many years.

His power-point presentation was indeed powerful and certainly informative, even for an old hand who’s been
following this issue, and nuclear safety in general for years. The questions and concerns he raised should have been heard by anyone with an interest in the DGR proposal, and nuclear energy in general, for that matter.
And that means not just everybody in this part of southern Ontario, but everybody in Canada, and even the world, Cheryl Grace told me right after the SOS event ended. “It’s a world issue,” said the SOS founding member and spokesperson, while trying to put the best face on a disappointing turn-out and especially the lack of media coverage.

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Pinehouse Mayor Says CLC Mandate is to “continually interact with NWMO”

According to a statement by the President / Mayor of Pinehouse following their decision to move to Step 3 of the NWMO siting process, the mandate of  the community’s liaison committee – established as part of the NWMO siting exercise – will be to “continually interact with the NWMO on behalf of the community through face to face meetings, community sessions, open houses, and touring surface nuclear facilities and attending relevant conferences. After one(1) year, the CLC will recommend to the potential host community whether or not Pinehouse proceeds to the next step of the NWMO APM program.”

President / Mayor Mike Natomagan also states that “it is hoped that other northern communities can start think about adopting a sense of ownership, unity and destiny.”

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Nuclear Waste Management Organization Opens Ignace Office (Undated)

Township of Ignace

Ignace Takes Next Step in NWMO Site Selection Process

TheTownship of Ignace Council has resolved to continue learning about Canada�s plan for managing used nuclear fuel over the long term.  Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is currently engaged in the Preliminary Assessment of Potential Feasibility � Feasibility Studies (Step 3), in their process to identify an informed and willing community to host a deep geological repository.

The feasibility study step of the siting process will determine whether Ignace has the potential to meet the detailed requirements for the repository project.  The decision does not commit the Township to becoming a host community. 


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NWMO Placemats Part of Plan for Ear Falls (August 2012)

The August 14th meeting of the Ear Falls Nuclear Waste Community Committee was attended by six members of the local committee and six staff from the NWMO. plus the town clerk and the local NWMO administrative assistant.  Planning continued for NWMO placemats for area restaurants, an Ear Falls NWMO web page, and a CNSC presentation to the local committee in September and a fall open house October 15 & 16.

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NWMO Coordinator Hired in Wawa (August 2012)

What Happened At Council – Tuesday, Aug. 14th
Written by Municipality of Wawa  –Wednesday, 22 August 2012 08:00

Council authorized the hiring of Daniel McCoy as the Nuclear Waste Community Advisory Committee Coordinator.


The following meetings are scheduled:

NWMO Community Liaison Committee- Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., 3 Maple Street

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Initial screening process indicates Huron-Kinloss Twp. could host DGR (August 2012)

By Garit Reid, Lucknow Sentinel

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 9:30:14 EDT AM

An initial screening process indicates that Huron-Kinloss Township could host a Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) for the long-term storage of Canada’s used nuclear fuel. The report was presented on Aug. 14 at a special council meeting at the council chambers in Ripley.

Explaining the screening process were Ben Belfadhel, director, Geosciences with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), and Bob Leech, a senior scientist with AECOM, a large, global consulting firm.

The NWMO has been charged with finding an informed and willing host community for a used nuclear fuel DGR, which includes a lengthy site-selection process.

Belfadhel said Huron-Kinloss is currently in step two of this process, which resulted in the initial screening process. There are about 20 other communities involved in the site selection process as well.

Belfadhel said if the community continues to be interested in the project, the next step would be a feasibility study, which would take about two years, followed by a detailed site characterization, which would take about five years at a cost of close to $200 million.

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Manitouwadge Representatives Visit the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station and Learn More about Canada’s Plan for the Long Term Management of Used Nuclear Fuel (August 2012)

Township of Manitouwadge Municipal Newsletter, August 2012, Issue No. 2

A delegation from Manitouwadge visited the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station on July 26 where they saw firsthand how used nuclear fuel is safely stored on an interim basis. Representatives from the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) also briefed them on Canada’s plan for managing used fuel on a long-term basis. The plan, approved by the Government of Canada in 2007, is called Adaptive Phased Management (APM), and it features construction of a deep geological repository for safely and securely isolating used
nuclear fuel from humans and the environment on an indefinite basis.

The project involves building a deep geological repository and associated surface facilities. It is a major national infrastructure initiative that could potentially generate hundreds of jobs in the community and many  more in the surrounding region.

As part of its briefing the delegation learned about the process the NWMO is using to identify an informed and  willing community to host the repository. There are nine steps in the process which is expected to take seven  to ten years to complete. A key principle guiding the process is that it is community-driven, and that the  community has the right to withdraw from it at any time. Agreement to host the facility requires a clear  demonstration of willingness on the part of the community at a grass-roots level.

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‘Dumpstock’ Draws a Crowd Southampton

Sunday, August 19, 2012
by John Divinski  – Bayshore Broadcasting

More public education on a proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) possibly locating in Saugeen Shores, and money to access that education was a recurring theme at a public meeting in Southampton, as part of Dumpstock.

Save Our Saugeen Shores (SOS) sponsored the meeting which was attended by 250 people, according to one SOS spokesperson.

The President of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, Doctor Gordon Edwards, challenged Saugeen Shores council and the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) to come up with money that would allow individual citizens to educate themselves on the pros and cons of a DGR in the town that would store used nuclear fuel.

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Huron-Kinloss geography could host used fuel deep geologic repository (August 2012)

By Garit Reid, Lucknow Sentinel

Thursday, August 16, 2012 2:39:33 EDT PM

Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) confirmed that the geography of Huron-Kinloss will allow it to move on to the third stage of the adaptive phased management program, investigating the possibility of establishing a Deep Geologic Respository for used nuclear fuel from Canada’s nuclear reactors. A Candu reactor nuclear fuel bundle is shown. (NWMO photo)

An initial screening process indicates that Huron-Kinloss Township could host a Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) for the long-term storage of Canada’s used nuclear fuel.

The report was presented on Aug. 14 at a special council meeting at the council chambers in Ripley.

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Aboriginal elders at SK survival camp condemn nuclear waste proposal (August 2012)

Meadow Lake Progress
Posted August 15, 2012

Aboriginal elders from Saskatchewan and Alberta gathered near Ile-a-la-Crosse on the August long weekend and unanimously rejected plans to store nuclear waste in the area.

The Survival Celebration Camp for Sustainable Earth was held Aug. 3 to 6 on South Bay and was hosted by the Committee for Future Generations, a local anti-nuclear group.

Participants came from as far as Montreal, Victoria and Germany, the committee says in a news release.

Leaders of the communities of Pinehouse and the English River First Nation have opted to participate in a process to select a long-term deep geological repository for all of Canada’s nuclear waste. Many residents in those communities are opposed.

“All the elders are saying the same thing: that we don’t want anything to do with nuclear waste,” said Mary Jane Wolverine, a Dene Elder from English River First Nation.

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