Brockton Takes Next Step in DGR Process (October 2012)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by Robyn Garvey

The municipality is entering Step 3 of the process to be a possible host site to store high level nuclear waste.

Brockton is moving forward to the next phase of the Deep Geological Repository sitting process.

The municipality is entering Step 3 of the “Learn More” process of becoming a possible host site to store Canada’s high level nuclear waste.

Chris Peabody was the lone Councillor to oppose the move.

While Peabody was unable to convince his fellow councillors to abandon this process completely, he did manage to persuade them to take a few extra steps.

The first is to request the Source Water Protection Committee to investigate the safety of placing a DGR under the aquifers that supply drinking water to Walkerton, Hanover, Lake Rosalind and Chepstow.

The second concession involves seeking clarification from the Nuclear Waste Management Organization on the size of the site.

The last condition involves making a funding request to the NWMO to host a town hall style meeting featuring a guest speaker who will provide an alternative point of view on the issue.

To date, Peabody says all information presented to Brockton has been prepared by the NWMO.

He says citizens and councillors need to hear from divergent opinions in order make an informed decision.

Mayor David Inglis has no problem with Peabody’s concessions, saying the more we know the better.

He says that’s the reason Brockton is moving forward to Step 3 — to learn as much about as possible in order to be in a better position to determine if becoming a possible DGR site is in Brockton’s best interest.

Step 3 of the NWMO selection process includes the creation of a feasibility study that may take two to three years to complete.

Peabody says there are currently five Bruce County municipalities in a race to become a possible DGR host site.

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