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.