Let the info on the used fuel repository flow

OPINION COLUMN

By Troy Patterson, Kincardine News

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 11:26:29 EDT AM

Image Caption: 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.

I’m fortunate to have had the opportunity to tour the Western Waste Management Facility three times since 2007 and the knowledge I gained each time made me fear nuclear waste, its storage and the ideas for its long-term management less each time.

Sadly, of the 10 media representatives I toured the WWMF at the Bruce site with on Friday, only a few seemed to have a true grasp of the used nuclear fuel issue, the difference between it and low and intermediate-level (L/IL) nuclear waste and the ability to differentiate the two completely separate projects being discussed in our region.

Sadly, I fear that’s the reality I’m working with as I write for our wider Sun Media print and online audience. I’ve been fortunate to gain a wide-range of experience in order to better explain these scientifically complex, socially important and historically significant projects that can’t be tossed around like they have been, in 30-second sound bites. Trying to nail down even one issue in that way doesn’t do it justice. A number of our media counterparts only grab the juicy buzzwords often thrown around by opponents of these projects, which isn’t informative either.

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