On Tuesday night (Feb. 12) an open house was held at the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre in Tiverton.
Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO of Bruce Power, spoke on several subjects, including his views on the proposed Deep Geological Repository (DGR) and Adaptive Phase Management (APM) being put forward by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO).
The issue was raised by local Saugeen Shores resident, John Mann, who was in the audience. “If Hawthorne was running the DGR process,” said Mann, “we would not have two (DGRs) to begin with and he would not have allowed billions to be spent on two DGRs.”
“Firstly,” said Hawthorne in reply, “I’m not even at the table but, I am more than just an interested bystander. We enjoy the support of the community but there many who do not differentiate between ‘nuclear’ and ‘nuclear’. My reflection is that, if this is not handled well then it impacts us in a negative way.”
Hawthorne then went on to explain the recent situation of shipping steam generators to Sweden.
“Secondly, steam generators are low level waste … we have16 of them, each the size of a school bus. The rules or principles of environmental stewardship are reduce, recycle and reuse. I tried mindfully to do what the rest of the world does and tried to send those steam generators to Sweden to be reduced, recycled and reused.
I met with a massive, ill-informed, panic stricken opposition and I did not want to take on all the First Nations from here to Sweden and all along the St. Lawrence Seaway. As a result, those 16 low-level steam generators are sitting at this site and may well end up going into a DGR … and that is a travesty in my mind.
We had all the approvals required and I may still pursue this as it has not been taken off the table, but my point is, if we were able to do that, which is sound in so many ways, then why are we building a DGR. If we follow the principles of reduce, recycle and reuse, then what am I doing?”