Frances Barrick, Waterloo Record staff, Wed Jan 16 2013 12:03:00
Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Inc., a group of concerned citizens, have launched the next stage of an anti-nuclear waste dump campaign via an electronic billboard on the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto.
A Bruce County-based group opposed to burying nuclear waste near Lake Huron is taking its fight to Canada’s largest city.
A billboard along Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway says “bad idea” to a plan to build an underground repository to store low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste at the Bruce nuclear plant near Kincardine.
“We feel this is a national issue and we want to bring this to the attention of all Canadians,” Beverly Fernandez, spokesperson for Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Inc., said of the sign on one of Canada’s busiest commuter routes.
The Ontario Power Generation is in the midst of seeking approval from the federal government for this project, which would be built about one kilometre from the shores of Lake Huron. Approval is expected in about nine months, she said.
“It defies common sense to bury radioactive waste beside a source of drinking water that 40 million people rely on,” said Fernandez, a Southampton resident.
This project is separate from plans by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization to bury highly radioactive nuclear waste in a “willing” community in Canada.
Five communities in Bruce County are vying to host a deep geological repository, which would store all of Canada’s used toxic waste. Saugeen Shores, which includes Southampton, is one of the five communities.
Fernandez said her group’s concern is approval of the Kincardine project “would pave the way” for the high-level nuclear waste proposal to be located somewhere in Bruce County.
The group has also launched an online petition intended for federal Environment Minister Peter Kent, who has final approval of the project. The petition is at www.gopetition.com/petitions/stopthegreatlakesnucleardump.html.