DGR Decision Looms (February 2016)

Kincardine reaffirms support for DGR ahead of Minister decision on March 1st.
(Kincardine) – Ontario Power Generation (OPG) officials are hoping to hear some good news from the federal government in less than a month.

A decision from the federal environment minister on the environmental assessment of the proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) is expected on March 1st.

OPG spokesperson Scott Berry, speaking to Kincardine council, says if approval is given to the EA, then it goes back to the Joint Review Panel and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

If satisfied, those two bodies can issue the licence to proceed with construction as long as conditions are met.

Berry says there has been intensive scientific study into the safety study of a DGR and EA approval is just one step in a long process.

Kincardine councillors re-affirmed their support for the project.

Mayor Anne Eadie says traditionally the council of the day has renewed its support for OPG annually, for the past decade.

OPG hopes to get permission to construct a DGR for low and intermediate level nuclear waste that would be buried 680 metres below ground.

The site would be near Bruce Power, just off the shoreline of Lake Huron.

That has been an issue with most of those opposed to the DGR application.

They say nuclear waste shouldn’t be buried so close to the source of water for over 40-million Canadians and Americans.

Close to 100,000 people have signed a petition against the DGR.

On another matter facing OPG, Berry says Western Waste Management continues to store the nuclear waste above ground and they will be applying to renew a licence to continue that work this spring.

He says a hearing on the matter is expected early in 2017.

Berry says the new licence will include maintaining the existing operation plus looking for expanded storage space capacity for all waste.

That includes low and intermediate waste until transferred to a DGR.

They will also store used fuel until transported to its storage facility when one is built.

Here is resolution passed by Kincardine Council yesterday relating to the Deep Geologic Repository.

WHEREAS respecting the proposed Deep Geologic Repository solution for Ontario’s low and intermediate nuclear waste, after more than a decade-long investigation and process that has been scientifically rigorous, cost millions of taxpayer dollars, has been transparent, inclusive and accommodating to every interest, leading to a strongly-worded and powerful endorsement from the federal Joint Review Panel and its recommendation that the project should proceed, sooner rather than later;

AND WHEREAS early in the process, the deep rock vault solution was selected as the preferred option by the Council of the Municipality of Kincardine, the host municipality for the world’s largest nuclear energy facility and the home of the proposed Deep Geologic Repository, and has been supported by the community and by successive Councils over the years, including the current Council;

AND WHEREAS given the solid and convincing environmental and safety basis for the Deep Geologic Repository, it should be clearly understood that the voices of the host municipality and the majority of the community should be given paramount consideration in this matter;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Mayor and Council of the Municipality of Kincardine once again reaffirm its unequivocal support for the proposed Deep Geologic Repository for low and intermediate radioactive waste and strongly encourages the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change to approve the project to advance to the next stages of development.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 1:14 PM by John Divinski, Bayshore Broadcasting, as posted at http://www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca/news_item.php?NewsID=81753

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