Archive for January, 2018

Some supporters of OPG’s Lake Huron radioactive waste dump are having second thoughts

Councillor On The Fence Over Proposed DGR
Neil Menage having second thoughts over DGR for low & intermediate level nuclear waste.

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski, Bayshore Broadcasting, January 10, 2018

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is still on record as supporting a Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) to store low and intermediate nuclear waste.

The subject came up at Monday’s (JAN 8) Saugeen Shores Committee of the Whole meeting as OPG’s vice-president of Nuclear Waste Management Lise Morton brought council up to date on what the company is doing.

But it was Councillor Neil Menage who threw a curve-ball into the conversation.

Menage, who has supported the DGR in the past, says he’s having second-thoughts about whether or not low and intermediate nuclear waste, needs to be stored in a planned repository at the company’s Western Waste Management Facility near Bruce Power.

He says he’d like to see OPG hold another Open House meeting to explain again why we need to spend over one-billion-dollars to have the low and intermediate waste go underground.

Morton, reacting to Menage, says “It’s important to have a repository for low and intermediate level waste to really protect the environment because these wastes do remain radioactive for many years to come. We maintain the DGR is the right solution for those wastes.”

She says though that they will take under advisement about possibly setting up future Open Houses, to explain the company’s thinking about a DGR.

The repository plans call for the wastes to be buried 680-metres below ground.

OPG continues to wait for approval to move ahead with construction of the DGR and that isn’t expected for at least a year.


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Rig carrying uranium strikes flatbed trailer

A transport carrying drums of uranium concentrate became lodged against a second rig in Montreal River on Highway 17 on Sunday morning.

A northbound flatbed trailer, hauling steel, lost traction on the Montreal River Hill at about 9:50 a.m. A southbound tractor-trailer, carrying uranium concentrate or yellow cake, tried to go around the jack-knifed flatbed, said Ministry of Environment spokesperson Gary Wheeler in an email.

“However the trucks became lodged against each other, causing a small puncture (30 centimetres) to the cargo box of the trailer carrying the uranium concentrate,” Wheeler told The Sault Star.

MOE’s Spills Action Centre was contacted shortly after noon.

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission advised MOE yellow cake is a very low risk material with low radioactivity. The uranium concentrate was headed to Cameco’s uranium refinery in Blind River, approximately 260 kilometres southeast of Montreal River.

Cameco dispatched its hazardous materials team to the site in Rix Township about 100 kilometres south of Wawa. The team found all drums were intact.

“There was no radioactive hazard,” said Wheeler. “The team repaired the trailer.”

MOE staff also went to the scene and confirmed there was no spill of uranium concentrate or fuel due to the collision.

No one was hurt.

Highway 17 was completely closed until about 8:45 p.m.

The collision was weather related, said Const. Levis Brousseau of Ontario Provincial Police.

By Brian Kelly, Sault Star, Monday, January 8, 2018 3:54:31 EST PM, as posted at

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