Nuclear waste: 5 things to know about the Lake Huron bunker project (May 2015)

Environment minister to make final decision by September

CBC News Posted: May 07, 2015

A federal panel has just given its OK to Ontario Power Generation’s plan to store nuclear waste in a deep underground bunker near Kincardine, Ont., near the shore of Lake Huron. The joint review panel said “the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.”

As one might expect, that decision did not sit well with those who say the project will pose a threat to the Great Lakes, especially Lake Huron, which lies just 1.2 kilometres from the proposed disposal site. The major concern is that radioactivity might eventually leak into the main source of drinking water for 40 million Canadians and Americans.

While the panel’s favourable review does not amount to a final green light for the project, it is a victory for the plan’s supporters.

Here are some key questions about what the storage project is all about:


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