About 50 people came out to a public meeting on Feb. 9, to hear why Central Huron should reconsider hosting a deep geological repository to house nuclear waste.

By Melissa Murray, QMI Agency

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 10:49:59 EST AM

Brennain Lloyd, project coordinator of Northwatch, a regional group that has looked into the issue of housing nuclear waste in the Canadian Shield for over 25 years, came to the REACH centre to explain that housing nuclear waste has both economic and health risks.

“When you opt into a DGR (deep geological repository) you are quite potentially opting out of other economic activities,” said Lloyd.

Lloyd explained there is uncertainty as to how the nuclear waste will interact with the barriers and how radioactive material will react in a closed environment. She also fears there will be corrosion of the barriers, the releasing of gases, seismic or glacial activity or that human error could cause someone to unknowingly affect the site over its 300 year lifespan.

Twenty-one communities, largely concentrated in western Ontario, have indicated their interest for being potential host sites for a nuclear waste repository, since the Nuclear Waste Management Organization asked communities to indicate their support in 2010. Central Huron indicated their interest in learning more and learned the results of a desktop study of the municipality during a session of council on Feb. 19.

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