Nuclear Waste Burial in the Great Lakes Basin – Presentation September 30th in Port Huron

Published: Tuesday, September 25, 2012

By Jim Bloch, Voice Reporter

The dangers to the Blue Water Area posed by nuclear power move to the front burner this weekend as two prominent anti-nuclear activists visit St. Clair County Community College.

Brennain Lloyd, program coordinator of Northwatch, and John Jackson, interim executive director of Great Lakes United, will speak on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 150 of the MTEC Building, St. Clair County Community College.

Their presentation is entitled “Deep Trouble – Nuclear Waste Burial in the Great Lakes Basin.”

The pair will discuss a proposal by Ontario Power Generation to build an underground repository for 200,000 cubic meters of regional nuclear waste near the Bruce Peninsula, about 120 miles north-northeast from Port Huron. They will also talk about the nuclear industry’s efforts to build dumpsites for all of Canada’s high-level radioactive waste, possibly on shores of Lake Huron; 15 of the 21 communities under consideration for the dump are in the Great Lakes Basin.

SC4’s Green Team and Blue Water Sierra Club are sponsoring the presentations.


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Positive DGR Report in Saugeen Shores (September 2012)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by John Divinski

NWMO reports there is sufficient land for DGR without disturbing protected areas.

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Saugeen Shores has been given the green light to move forward as a potential host community for a Deep Geological Repository for spent nuclear fuel.

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization has okayed the results of the initial screening test.

The house was only half full at the Rotary Hall as NWMO officials explained to councillors that Saugeen Shores met all of necessary requirements to continue on if they so desire.

Councillors learned there is sufficient land to house the repository, without disturbing protected areas such as heritage sites and provincial parks.

The land also does not contain obvious known geological and hydro geological conditions that would make the area unsuitable.

Council voted to receive the report but has not made a decision as to what to do next but Mayor Mike Smith has his ideas.

He says he’s not afraid to learn more about it.

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Big Crowd Anticipated for DGR (September 2012)

Monday, September 24, 2012 by John Divinski

Saugeen Shores Council moves meeting to larger room for DGR screening report.

It’s showtime at Saugeen Shores council.

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization will be front and centre with its initial screening report on a proposed Deep Geological Repository for the area.

Monday’s Council meeting is being moved to the bigger Rotary Room at the Plex to accommodate the huge crowd that is expected to be on hand to hear the results.

It gets underway at 7:30 PM and for those that can’t make it — it’s being webcast as well on the Saugeen Shores website.

Mayor Mike Smith says from day one this was the idea to find out if this area can support a DGR for spent nuclear fuel and he expects that answer tonight.

A similar presentation was made in Huron Kinloss in mid-August and the screening was encouraging there saying the geology and the acreage available made it a continuing candidate.

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Nuclear Power Part II: Waste, No Solution So Far (September 2012)

by Jeff Danner – Common Science

Posted Sep 23 2012 8:39PM

While nuclear power plants generate a variety of radioactive wastes, by far the most difficult to manage are the spent fuel rods.  Spent fuel rods contain unutilized uranium as well as a mixture of different radioactive elements which are members of the uranium-235 decay chain.  The fuel rods will continue to pose serious danger to human health for millions of years.

The world has already generated a staggering amount of nuclear waste to which we are adding approximately 12,000 tons per year.  All of this has occurred without a clear plan to manage the waste.  While we continue to evaluate the potential long-term storage options, most of the world’s nuclear wasted is staged in temporary above-ground storage facilities where it has been incorporated into glass and ceramic composites, sealed in metal containers, and encased in concrete.  This storage approach is sufficient to protect us from radiation in the short term, but is not sufficient to isolate the waste for the millions of years that will be necessary.

A comprehensive review of all of the long-term storage options being considered would be too much to cover in a single column.  Any acceptable solution needs to completely and reliably isolate the waste from the biosphere for five to ten million years.  There are two out-of-the-box type solutions that I find interesting.  The first is ejection into space. This certainty removes the waste from the biosphere. The Achilles Heel of this approach is the possibility of an upper atmosphere explosion of the rocket transporting the waste to space, the results of which would be catastrophic.  Personally, I am intrigued with a second creative proposal which suggests that we consider transporting the waste to a subduction zone at the intersection of two tectonic plates at the bottom of the ocean.  Material placed into the subduction zone would be transported into the earth’s magma miles below the surface.  Concerns regarding potential contamination of the oceans during the operation have stalled these efforts as well.  While both of these esoteric options would meet the criteria for removing the wastes from the biosphere, their attendant risks suggest that they will never be implemented.

This leaves us with the less elegant and long debated issue of burying the waste.  For the last four decades the U.S. has been evaluating the option of interring our nuclear waste beneath Yucca Mountain in Nevada.  Political pressures and scientific uncertainty have thus far, kept this project from moving forward.  My sense is that eventually we will have a serious incident at one of our above-ground, temporary waste storage facilities which will finally force the Yucca Mountain project to move forward.

With the serious and long-term risks associated with nuclear waste, one must consider whether the benefits of nuclear power are worth it.

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Read also Nuclear Power Part I: The Science

No Land Issues for DGR Screening in Aarran Elderslie (September 2012)

Monday, September 24, 2012 by John Divinski

NWMO finds no geological concerns to build a proposed DGR for spent nuclear fuel.

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The report card is in for Arran Elderslie.

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization has presented its initial report on the land for a proposed deep geological repository — and the report is favourable for the project.

There are no land issues in Arran Elderslie that would impact a Deep Geological Repository for high level spent nuclear fuel.

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization presented its findings to Council on Monday and outlined no geological issues.

The passing grade doesn’t mean the decision is final.

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FALL 2012: GIVING A VOICE BACK TO THE PEOPLE! Saskatchewan Tour Against Nuclear Waste (September 2012)


The Committee for Future Generations is starting off this fall with a 7000 Generations Northern Tour Against Nuclear Waste, from September 17 to October 3, 2012, featuring Pat McNamara, author of three books on nuclear issues in Canada. Check out the 7000 Generations Tour Against Nuclear Waste poster and pass it on. Community presentations, radio interviews and kitchen table sessions have been organized in several communities and more details will be announced later this month, so stay tuned!

Pinehouse Lake: September 17 and 18.
Ile-a-la-Crosse: September 19, 9:30am radio show, 6:30pm-8pm book reading at the public library
Buffalo Narrows: September 22, 1pm at the Friendship Center
La Loche: September 24, 7pm Dene High Community School Room
Canoe Lake / Jans Bay / Cole Bay: September 26, location TBA
Beauval: September 27, 7pm at Valley View School
Creighton: September 30 to October 3, details TBA
PatuanakDillon and Turnor Lake TBA

For more details, to request a community visit, or to support the Committee for Future Generations with much-needed travel funds, get in touch: or visit

Central Huron asks to be considered as potential host for nuclear waste storage (September 2012)

September 19, 2012

HEATHER BOA Bullet News CLINTON – The Municipality of Central Huron’s council is requesting an initial screening to determine whether it has the potential to host an underground storage facility for high-level nuclear waste from reactors across the country.

It is asking the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, funded by nuclear waste owners, to take a closer look at its 450-square kilometres of land to determine whether there are any obvious reasons why it should be excluded as a candidate for a 250-acre site. The underground repository requires a subsurface area of about 930 acres at a depth of approximately 500 metres.

“Every municipality in the county and the surrounding counties should have participated in this process. They need to know what”s going on,” said Brian Barnim, who is the councillor who first posed the idea to council of hosting a nuclear storage facility.

“It’s going to have an impact on us whether it’s here or it isn’t,” he told council recently, noting that numerous municipalities along the Lake Huron shoreline have also thrown their hat in the ring for consideration.

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