Canada delays decision on lakeside nuke waste facility (June 2015)

People will be waiting at least until December for a decision from the Canadian environment minister on a proposed nuclear waste facility on the shores of Lake Huron.

The timeline for a decision from Canada’s federal Minister of Environment Leona Aglukkaq has been extended to December to allow for public comment, according to a statement from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

A panel tasked with reviewing the proposed underground nuclear waste facility near Lake Huron gave the project a positive review in a nearly 450-page report released May 6.

“The Joint Review Panel gave a strong endorsement that this project should move forward,” said Neal Kelly, a spokesman for Ontario Power Generation, the company proposing the waste facility.

According to the federal review process, the environment minister then has 120 days following the panel report — until Sept. 3 — to issue a decision statement for or against the project, said Lucille Jamault, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

That date was bumped back a few months to allow for public comment.

“With a comment period that goes to Sept. 1 now, the deadline was extended to Dec. 2,” Jamault said.

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Beth LeBlanc, Times Herald 2:06 p.m. EDT June 8, 2015

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