Ottawa – Opposition to the Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) at Chalk River has been growing.
The project, the latest from Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, is designed to store low level waste on site, primarily demolition waste as the company deals with decommissioning and demolishing more than 100 buildings and structures at Chalk River Laboratories.
It will also contain a small volume of mixed waste from off site sources.
The Concerned Citizens of Renfrew County and Area (CCRCA) and the Old Fort William Cottagers’ Association (OFWCA) have both come out opposed to the NSDF, fearing both groundwater contamination and putting the Ottawa River at risk.
In a joint press release, both groups state if approved, the 30–hectare Near Surface Disposal Facility would be used to dispose of up to one million cubic metres of low- and medium-level radioactive waste.
Both the CCRCA and OFWCA state they feel the proposed site is unsuitable for a dump of any kind given its proximity to the Ottawa River, a source of drinking water for millions of Canadians. They also say the site is near a major fault line, and on top of fractured and porous bedrock through which groundwater flows rapidly into the Ottawa River.
Johanna Echlin of the Old Fort William Cottagers’ Association, from the Sheenboro, Quebec, area, said the proposal has shocked and angered residents, as well as people downstream in Ottawa and Montreal.
“Folks I talk to are outraged at the idea of dumping a million cubic metres of radioactive waste beside the Ottawa River,” she said.
By Stephen Uhler, The Daily Observer, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, as posted at http://www.thedailyobserver.ca/2017/03/21/opposed-to-waste-site