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.