When did Saugeen Shores become an isolated, desert community? (December 2012)

Monday, December 3, 2012 12:05:07 EST PM

Editor: 

Recently, members of council from various municipalities in Bruce County, including Saugeen Shores, attended a heavily funded international conference coordinated by the NWMO.

Of course, the goal of the conference was to promote a DGR for Canada’s highly radioactive nuclear waste. As expected, coming out of the conference, we are starting to hear all about an operational DGR for low and medium level waste in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Our Council, and other champions of a Nuclear Dump in Saugeen Shores, have started promoting Carlsbad as an example of a DGR success story. They are talking about jobs, economic development and support being paid by the nuclear industry.

What you won’t hear in all the glossy propaganda is that the Town of Carlsbad is isolated, a desert community in the southern part of New Mexico, just 150 miles from the border of Mexico. The next closest major community is over 250 kilometres away.

What you won’t hear in all the glossy propaganda is that before the DGR, the community was in a desperate, economic state. In fact, in the decade prior to the DGR, the population had dropped by 16 per cent as a result of a downturn in the mining industry.

What you won’t hear in all the glossy propaganda is that the DGR is located 41 kilometres from Carlsbad, an area completely absent of any significant residential or commercial development.

And most importantly, what you won’t hear in all the glossy propaganda is that Section 12 of their host agreement contains a complete ban on expanding their DGR to include highly radioactive nuclear waste like that being proposed by NWMO for Saugeen Shores.

Champions of the DGR, members of our council and the NWMO seem to want Saugeen Shores to emulate the path taken by Carlsbad, New Mexico – an isolated, desert community that was in a desperate economic state.

In Saugeen Shores, we are so different and have so much to offer already – beautiful beaches; a thriving, diversified economy; a growing tourist industry and a booming retirement population. Mr. mayor and members of council – Saugeen Shores is no Carlsbad, New Mexico! Instead of growing our economy, a DGR will kill everything that makes our community unique and special.

John Harding 
Southampton

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