Archive for April, 2015

NWMO Presenting to Sudbury City Council, Tuesday April 28

Michael Krizanc of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization will present to city council at Tuesday’s meeting on the NWMO’s proposition to transport and store nuclear waste.

In northeastern Ontario, Blind River and Elliot Lake are being considered as storage venues; however, the NWMO is in the very preliminary stages of the community engagement process.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in council chambers at Tom Davies Square.

http://www.thesudburystar.com/2015/04/27/n-waste-presentation-in-sudbury

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Pic Mobert First Nation to Join Earth Week Rally to Oppose Nuclear Waste Storage in White River

Written by Chief Johanna Desmoulin
Monday, 20 April 2015 11:07

Pic Mobert First Nation (PMFN) has been independently learning about the Nuclear Waste Management Organizations (NWMO) Deep Geological Repository (DGR) Site Selection Process and has come to the conclusion that we do NOT want to see nuclear waste storage in our traditional territory and we continue to stand in unity with the Anishinabek Nation Resolution No. 2010/30 regarding Environmental Protection Against Nuclear Waste.

As you are aware I (Chief Joanna Desmoulin) had sent letters to the NWMO and copied the surrounding communities of White River, Hornepayne and Manitouwadge about our opposition and continue to be ignored on this stand. To peacefully raise awareness that we continue to hold our position, we are joining in unity with Concerned Citizens in White River to demonstrate that we do NOT want the White River and Area to be host to all of Canadas high level nuclear waste.

In February 2015 PMFN passed a Band Council Resolution stating that the PMFN opposes the NWMO operating within their traditional territory, that the White River, Hornepayne and Manitouwadge Municipalities have erroneously represented themselves for potential host communities because the repository sites would be located outside of their municipal boundaries and within the traditional territory of the PMFN, and they have done so without the informed consent of the PMFN.

The NWMO continues in the DGR site selection process at Step 3, Phase II with White River, Hornepayne and Manitouwadge Muncipalities in which they plan to conduct airborne geophysical studies this week, as I heard it on the local CFNO radio station this morning.

Please join in the Nuclear Waste Demonstration Saturday, April 25, 2015 starting at 10:45 a.m. We will be meeting in White River on Highway 17 West at the SPG owned empty lot (the old Beaver Tourist Centre, home of 10,000 gifts) and walking down to Catz Restaurant parking lot to Rally until 3:00 p.m.

Please wear yellow and bring your signs in support, “WE SAY NO TO NUCLEAR WASTE STORAGE”.

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First Nations Rally in Pic Mobert Against Nuclear Waste in Territories

PIC MOBERT FN – ENVIRONMENT – “Today I had the honour and privilege to speak at a rally with a number of great speakers, leaders and community activists. The message was: NO TO NUCLEAR WASTE in their treaty, traditional lands,” stated Serpent River Chief Isadore Day.

“As First Nations, we do need to learn more, but not at the expense of buying blindly into the corporate mandate of NWMOS,” said Chief Day.

“We can, and should demand a learn more process at a government-to-government table; that’s what governments do,” urges Day.

Chief Day says that he believes, “It should be the Ontario government providing resources and information about Nuclear Waste since they are the polluter and they hold the financial liability. The reality is this; First Nations generally don’t want this in their back yard, but the right to know is still a liability that must be resolved”.

Here is the statement from Chief Day Delivered at the Rally:

The problem is; municipalities throughout Northern Ontario just don’t get it – Mayors and Councils, you have NO standing, say or authority on our lands. The problem is, NWMO has a mandate to seek a site to bury ‪#‎NuclearWaste‬, they also have a money management mandate; which means that they are using a huge financial treasury to execute a mandate that is creating havoc in our territories”.

Money is the root of all the insanity and chaos – and municipalities are under a very bad case of ‪‎Jurisdictional-Hallucination‬-thinking, and being left with the perception that they have a say or can open up the ‘willing host door’ to OUR TRADITIONAL and TREATY LANDS! They couldn’t be more wrong!

Chief Desmolin from Pic Mobert addresses rally

I issued a letter to the Ontario Premier last week to call on Canada and Ontario to sit down and work with First Nations to clear this mess up.

The Nuclear Waste Management Act was created in 2002 when the legal landscape was not so much in our favour. Consultation law and legal obligations to accommodate fair engagement and protection of First Nation rights was not what it is today; NWMO under new legal realities would not be able to run rough-shod in among our territories.

I am demanding immediate response from government on the NWMO mandate, the Nuclear Waste Management Act, 2002, and a call to a government-to-government dialogue on the jurisdictional issues and realities that must be observed when discussing #NuclearWaste.

The ongoing dog-and-pony show that NWMO is using to entertain a “learning more” process is NOT passive, non-intrusive, or without legal consequence or obligation.

It’s time that governments get this whole issue clear with First Nations and answer serious questions about the matter – on our terms; as First Nation governments.

I am not and will not purport to speak up, for or against any one First Nation on this matter – but I will make this one statement: Nuclear Waste has the potential to damage the land, divide our communities, and de-legitimize First Nation jurisdictional authority,

So for these reasons, I think it’s important that First Nations in Ontario and in specific treaty regions would serve their people greatly to come out against NWMO, Canada and Ontario with a constructive and collective position.

Until

that time; we should all say NO to Nuclear Waste, NWMO and demand that Government open up a proper process.

As a candidate for Ontario Regional Chief – I am willing to stand up and stand firm in the issue of Nuclear Waste and I am prepared to push for a process to correct this mess we find ourselves in.

We must think about most important obligation we have as parents, leaders and knowledge keepers – Securing a Future for Our Children.

Chief Isadore Day

Posted April 25, 2015 – See story at http://www.netnewsledger.com/2015/04/25/first-nations-rally-in-pic-mobert-against-nuclear-waste-in-territories/

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Central Huron at third step in the process to become a nuclear waste site (April 2015)

Central Huron is currently in step three of nine in the plan to determine whether it is a suitable site for Canada’s nuclear waste.

The steps are part of a plan called Adaptive Phased Management (APM) set out by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO). The APM was adopted in June 2007 by the Government of Canada to select a community to host a deep geological repository for the countrys used nuclear fuel.

Step one started in May 2010 with a campaign by the NWMO to educate and promote the idea.

The second step of the selection consisted of an initial screening process to determine whether or not the interested communities met basic criteria. The area must have the right geology to be a feasible host.

Step three is when interested communities request a preliminary assessment by the NWMO to determine further whether it is suitable.

This step has two phases. Phase one is when the NWMO, authorities, key stakeholders and surrounding communities engage with each other and decide how the next steps will proceed. Studies are conducted to determine whether the surrounding geology can handle the repository. The social impacts of hosting will also be assessed in phase one. Central Huron is the last of the remaining interested communities to still be in phase one but the NWMO predicts it will be completed by the end of the year.

If Central Huron makes it into the second phase, field studies will be conducted that may include airborne geophysical surveys, field mapping and the drilling of boreholes. Among the field studies, community well-being assessments, land rights discussions, Aboriginal and surrounding community engagement and a third-party review of the geology will be conducted. By the time phase two is complete it is estimated only one or two communities will be left.

The NWMO hosted an open house at the Holmesville Community Centre last week, where officials were quick to stress that the repository will not go to a community that does not want it.

The NWMO predicts it will take another 10 years to pick a site (pending regulatory approval) and its not asking communities to confirm, just yet, whether it will host. When one is chosen it will have to show a compelling demonstration of willingness as another criteria of the APM, said Patrick Dolcetti, regional communications manager for NWMO. That could mean a vote, interviews and/or presentations but it is ultimately up to the community to decide how to show its willingness.

If Central Huron does move forward with the NWMO it will have to consider the social and economic impacts of hosting the repository. According to Dolcetti, not every community is right for this type of change and thousands of jobs will be created, drastically changing the dynamic of a municipality as small as Central Huron.

Agreeing to host the repository with the corresponding centre of expertise will mean agreeing to hold approximately four million fuel bundles. Fuel bundles contain fuel elements made up of solid ceramic pellets of compressed uranium dioxide.

Dolcetti said anyone calling the project a nuclear waste dump is being irresponsible, adding that its not some green ooze out of The Simpsons …

As a function of the APM the NWMO wants to hear concerns, questions, comments and feedback. The NWMO office is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

By Laura Broadley, Clinton News Record Wednesday, April 15, 2015
As posted at http://www.clintonnewsrecord.com/2015/04/15/central-huron-at-third-step-in-the-process-to-become-a-nuclear-waste-site

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