Archive for September, 2018

Bruce County municipalities line up for cheques fro OPG

Bayshore Broadcasting | Kincardine amends original agreement, and money now flows to 5 municipalities.

It was a sweetheart deal on Valentine’s Day.

Kincardine council has approved an amendment to the host agreement with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) regarding the proposed Deep Geologic Respository (DGR).

It means 50% of the money that has been held in trust since 2015 will now flow to Kincardine as a host community, and to four surrounding municipalities totalling about two-million-dollars.

OPG Manager of Corporate Relations and Communications Fred Kuntz tells Bayshore Broadcasting News, he hasn’t got an exact date when the cheques will be cut but “It should happen very fast.”

The deal also calls for annual pay-outs going forward until a decision on the DGR is made.

Kincardine is in line to get just over 1.2-million-dollars and Mayor Anne Eadie says, “I can assure you, in this time when our municipality is growing, that we will find a good use for it.”

Eadie says there hasn’t been any discussion yet at the council table but she can see the money being used for infrastructure such as water and sewer services.

Mayor Eadie is happy with the re-negotiated deal that will now keep on giving each year until OPG is constructing the DGR.

Once that milestone is reached, all monies held in trust, will be released.

Besides Kincardine, Saugeen Shores ($477,124); Arran Elderslie ($76,340); Brockton ($76,340) and Huron Kinloss ($133,595) will now get their money as well.

Kuntz says OPG continues to wait for a decision from the federal government on their request to construct a DGR.

He says the company continues to talk with the Saugeen Ojibway Nation about any concerns they may have.

OPG is on record as saying they won’t go ahead with the project unless they get SON’s approval.

The multi-billion-dollar proposed DGR would store only low and intermediate level nuclear waste 680-meters below ground on the property at the Western Waste Management Facility near Bruce Power.

Thursday, February 15, 2018, “Area Communities Line Up For Checks From OPG”, Regional | by John Divinski, Bayshore Broadcasting, as posted at http://www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca/news_item.php?NewsID=99691

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Ontario Power Generation updating councils, saying DGR approval process continues to move along.

Ontario Power Generation updating councils, saying approval process continues to move along.

There is movement but it’s a slow process, on the proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) from Ontario Power Generation (OPG).

The DGR, proposed to be built at the Western Waste Management site near Bruce Power, would store low and intermediate nuclear waste.

Joint Review Panel (JRP) hearings have been held on the subject and the JRP has come out in favour of the facility.

Those results have been sent to the federal Ministry of the Environment (MOE) for permission to apply for a licence to construct, but there’s been no answer from the office.

Vice President of Nuclear Waste Management at OPG Lise Morton, speaking to Bruce County Council on September 6th, says they are aware a federal election next year could see changes within the MOE but the company owes an answer to the ministry no matter what government is in power or who is heading the ministry.

You may recall in 2017, federal minister asked OPG to update its analysis and to be informed of results of talks between OPG and Saugeen Ojibway nation (SON).

OPG is on record as saying they will only go forward with the DGR project with the blessing of SON.

Morton says talks with SON are ongoing and the Native community has indicated they may have an answer in a year or two.

She says OPG respects the process and is in no hurry to rush any answer.

The Manager, Corporate Relations and Communications at OPG Fred Kuntz, who spoke to Saugeen Shores council on Monday, September 10th, says without knowing how everything will play out, if there’s some answer from SON in 2019 then in 2020, they would be prepared to re-submit to the Environment Ministry OPG’s completed analysis, incorporating the results of the SON community process.

OPG has been presenting its third-quarter update to Kincardine, Bruce County and Saugeen Shores councils.

Similar addresses are scheduled in Huron Kinloss, September 17th and Brockton and Arran Elderslie on September 24th.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, Update From The OPG On The DGR, Bayshore Broadcasting, Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski, as posted at http://www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca/news_item.php?NewsID=104161

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OPG Continues Consultations With Saugeen Ojibway Nation (according to OPG)

Blackburn News | Ontario Power Generation is progressing with community consultation efforts with local First Nations on its proposed deep geologic repository project.

Vice President of Nuclear Waste Management Lise Morton says dialogue with Saugeen Ojibway Nation is ongoing, pointing out the company remains committed to only moving ahead with the DGR for low-and-intermediate level nuclear waste if it can secure SON community approval.

Morton says conversations with the SON community have been positive, but there’s no pressure for an immediate answer.

“We’re getting more involved with some of the working groups in the community, elders, youth, et cetera, but again, it’s a process that takes time,” says Morton. “It is a process that has to respect the needs of the community and again, we think we can make the progress we need in the time-frame that we need as a company.”

She says they could still be years from concluding the consultation process with First Nations.

“We’re not in a position to pressure SON, we have to respect their community process, which we’re doing,” says Morton. “We’re continuing to work with SON, they themselves have said it could take one-to-two years to make this decision, and we’re certainly working with them, but at the end of the day, we have to respect the process that SON has.”

Last year, federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna asked OPG to update its cumulative effects projections to include impacts on local First Nations, including results of the community consultation process, before she would issue a ruling on the project’s environmental assessment.

With a federal election looming next year, Morton says OPG will continue to progress with the project, adding OPG will owe an answer to whomever holds the environment portfolio after the electoral dust settles.

Ontario Power Generation’s Western Waste Management Facility at the Bruce nuclear site. (Photo by Jordan McKinnon) “OPG Continues Consultations With Saugeen Ojibway Nation”, BY JORDAN MACKINNONSEPTEMBER 11, 2018 4:23AM, as posted at https://blackburnnews.com/midwestern-ontario/2018/09/11/opg-continues-consultations-saugeen-ojibway-nation/

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