Saugeen Shores takes a step forward with DGR (May 2012)


Posted May 16, 2012

Four months ago, Saugeen Shores council deferred the committee-of-the-whole recommendation to proceed into Step 2 of the Deep Geological Repository process for site selection in Saugeen Shores for used nuclear fuel.

Council was more decisive Monday night. In a unanimous recorded vote, Saugeen Shores councillors said “yes” to moving ahead with the preliminary site screening and to learn more about the process.

The vote was not what the standing-room-only-crowd were hoping for, especially the five delegates who presented their reasonings for not going ahead with the DGR process.

The first to make a deputation was Ken Robertson, president of the Southampton Resident’s Association (SRA). Speaking for the group, Robertson said council’s decision to move ahead was not about seeking more information, but rather another step in a multi-step process that could change to community forever.

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Huron-Kinloss: would keep repository away from shore of Lake Huron (May 2012)

Used fuel DGR wouldn�t impact lakeshore, says Huron-Kinloss council

Post Date: 30/05/2012, 02:17

By Barb McKay

If Huron-Kinloss is chosen to host a deep geologic repository for nuclear waste, cottagers can rest assured it won’t be located anywhere near the lakeshore.

 Township council made the decision at last Monday’s council meeting that if the Canadian Waste Management Organization (CWMO) selects Huron-Kinloss to store 48,000 tonnes of high level nuclear waste the lakeshore area is off limits.

“It will only be sited east of Highway 21,” said township clerk, Sonya Watson. “They (council) want to preserve the lakeshore area for future development. They want to make that known now.”

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Brockton moving on to feasibility phase of DGR evaluation (May 2012)

Posted  May 15, 2012

Don Crosby, Sun Times correspondent

Brockton still wants to be considered as a possible host for the storage of spent nuclear fuel.

Council heard from representatives of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization on Monday that Brockton is one of 17 municipalities. By end of September, which is the cutoff date for applications, more communities are expected to submit expressions of interest.

The project would create 1,000 jobs during the 10-year construction phase and 400 full-time jobs for the next 100 years.

NWMO spokesperson Michael Krisanc said an initial report indicates that Brockton meets the criteria to move on to the feasibility phase of the evaluation. That will include public comment and a series of public meetings. Open house sessions are planned for May 23 and 24 at the legion in Walkerton.

He told council that Brockton has passed the initial screening phase as the agency whittles down the number of potential host communities � a process that could take up to seven years.

He stressed the importance of the community indicating its willingness to be host to a deep geologic repository for the long-term storage of spent fuel from nuclear reactors across Canada.

“This is a decision that will not be made by a municipal council. It will be made by the community as a whole; it’s a requirement of the process. The council can express interest in learning about this process and learning about this project, but the community as a whole is going to have to demonstrate its willingness in a compelling way in order to host this project,” Krizanc said.

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Central Huron wants to hear more about hosting a facility for used nuclear fuel (April 2012)

Bullet News CLINTON – A central storage facility for used nuclear fuel located in Central Huron could provide jobs for the future, says a local councillor.

“At some point, the whole county is going to have to look at what will sustain it,” said Brian Barnim, a councillor from Central Huron, during a strategic planning session recently. Some discussion during the session centered around the loss of about 200 jobs as a result of the closure of Bluewater Youth Centre and the uncertainty of jobs at Clinton Racetrack Slots and Clinton Raceway as a result of recent provincial government announcements.

Council agreed to ask the Nuclear Waste Management Organization to make a presentation to the community on what it would mean to host the $16- to $24-billion facility for storage of irradiated fuel bundles from reactors. Currently, the spent bundles are placed in dry storage after seven to 10 years of cooling and lowering radioactivity levels in pools of water.  In Ontario, the bundles are stored on an interim basis in silos. They will all be moved to this single underground facility….

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Pinehouse Lake moves to Step 3 in NWMO process (April 2012)

The Settlement of Pinehouse Lake decided to move to Step 3 in the Nuclear Waste Management Organization�s (NWMO) Adaptive Phased Management project, the creation and development and construction of a Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) for the long-term management spent nuclear waste.

The decision was made during a municipal meeting held Monday, March 19 and the motion was passed at their Council meeting on Thursday, March 29, said Mike Natomagan, mayor of Pinehouse Lake, in an interview with The Northerner.

The meeting was held to talk about the NWMO and why we are going to Step 3.

Although there is opposition in the community, Natomagan said, “There are reasons why we want to learn more. If we can use that benefit to find out more about our internal needs.” …

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White River Team in Toronto and Manitouwadge Commits to Learning More (March 2012)

TORONTO, ON – A team from White River consisting of Councillor Kevin Morgan and his wife, Economic Development Board member Jeanne Morgan , township Clerk Marilyn Parent-Lethbridge, and Tom & Shirley Bagdon also members of the Economic Development Board have travelled to Southern Ontario for a tour, hosted by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) which began today.

The fast-paced two-day tour began this morning, Day 1, with a visit to the NWMO office in Toronto where the White River delegation will learn more about the NWMO recommendation of Adaptive Phased Management which the Government of Canada chose for the long-term care of used nuclear fuel , how this approach will be implemented, how the NWMO site selection process unfolds, what their community can expect in the learning process and much more while having the opportunity to ask any questions they have. They continued to Pickering for a tour of the nuclear plant and used nuclear fuel dry-storage facilities.  At the Pickering Power Generation Station they also met with a variety of staff including a representative of Ontario Power Generation (OPG) as well as Safety and security reps for the plant.  Finally tomorrow, Day 2 will see the White River team flown to Ottawa where they will hear presentations at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) offices from representatives with the CNSC’s Aboriginal Relations, Public Safety, and Transportation among others.  They will also learn how the CNSC is working through international collaboration with countries where the process of creating deep geological repositories is more advanced, and how Canada’s site selection process and eventual Deep Geological Repoitory and National Centre of Expertise will fit international standards.

There are a growing number of Northern Ontario Communities currently involved in learning more about site selection and what it would mean to potentially host both a Deep Geological Repository to safely and securely contain and isolate Canada’s used nuclear fuel and, as mentioned, a centre of expertise for technical, environmental and community studies which is hoped will become a hub for national and international scientific collaboration, potentially generating hundreds of jobs in the community and it is predicted, thousands of jobs in the host region and these employments, for many decades.  It seems that the number of interested communities may be growing exponentially as neighbours of interested communities consider the potential for their town to reap the economic benefits of becoming the host site….

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NWMO Announced End Date for Expressions of Interest (March 2012)

Written by: NNL Staff on March 30, 2012.

THUNDER BAY – In May 2010, the NWMO initiated a site selection process for Canada’s Used Nuclear Fuel Repository and Centre of Expertise for the long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel in an informed and willing host community. The nine-step process to select a site will take 10 years or more to complete, and begins with a community expressing interest in learning more about the project, the NWMO and the site selection process.

Interested communities are the focus of a progressively more detailed set of scientific, technical and community well-being studies, and phases of learning to assess the suitability of the community for the project. Communities may leave the site selection process at any time up until the signing of a final agreement, which is still many years in the future. An expression of interest by a community triggers a process of broad outreach and discussion of the project with neighbouring communities and potentially affected Aboriginal peoples.

To date, a number of communities have expressed interest in learning more about the project, the NWMO and the site selection process. At this time, 15 communities are actively engaged in the site selection process, including several that have asked the NWMO to begin more detailed preliminary assessment studies (Step 3). As well, a number of other communities have requested information and briefings and are considering participating in the site selection process.

The NWMO is planning to suspend the expressions of interest phase of the site selection process on September 30, 2012. New expressions of interest will not be considered after this date….



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Manitouwadge ponders nuclear storage (March 2012)

Manitouwadge ponders nuclear storage

Mayor says community needs to make an informed decision

CBC News

Posted: Mar 16, 2012 12:20 PM ET

The Mayor of Manitouwadge says council wants to learn more about the potential to store nuclear waste near the community.

But John MacEachern said that doesn’t mean Manitouwadge is interested in becoming a host site.

MacEachern said it’s prudent for Manitouwadge to learn more, especially with several other towns already involved in the process.

“My big thing is I wouldn’t want people to have a knee-jerk reaction that says ‘we just don’t want to know anything about it,” MacEachern said.
“Not knowing is probably worse than knowing and saying ‘no we don’t want it.'”

MacEachern said he will meet with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization later this month. The town has joined the list of communities in the northwest looking into the possibility of storing nuclear waste, but it has not formally joined the process.

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Nuclear waste is a hot issue – Creighton (February 2012)

Winnipeg Free Press – PRINT EDITION

Nuclear waste is a hot issue

By: Jonathon Naylor

Posted: 02/9/2012 1:00 AM |

FLIN FLON — Cynthia Fedak is speaking out, not so much for herself but for her grandkids.

A longtime resident of Creighton, the sleepy sister town to Flin Flon just over the Saskatchewan border, she vehemently opposes plans to potentially store Canada’s nuclear waste in her community.

“To me, nuclear waste is iffy and there’s no absolute answers,” says the 65-year-old retiree. “It could be dangerous if something happened and it wouldn’t be just a minor disaster; it would be something probably major.”

Creighton is one of at least 10 Canadian communities expressing an interest in hosting a subterranean storage facility to be built by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization.

Though it will take up to nine years to select a host community, debate already is raging over whether storing spent nuclear fuel rods represents the secondary industry this mining area has long craved.

While it tentatively won’t open until 2035, the repository is expected to represent a multibillion-dollar investment and spawn more than 4,000 jobs before, during and after construction.

Creighton has a long history of exploring new, sometimes unusual means of growth. Economic development workers have contemplated selling liver oil from burbot fish as a health supplement, and at one time hoped to use an abandoned mine shaft for zero-gravity experiments.

For Bruce Fidler, the straight-talking mayor of Creighton, the nuclear waste repository is “a heck of an economic development opportunity.”

Yet Creighton is not at the point where it has formally applied to host the repository. A geological screening of the area has found no obvious conditions to preclude the town, but there are numerous other steps ahead before Creighton might put in an official bid.

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Repository not proven to be safe – Northwatch (February 2012)

NWMO did not prove repository concept is safe, says Northwatch spokesperson

Still many unknowns about repository


Posted Feburary 1, 2012

A Northern Ontario-based environmentalist group is opposed to the Nuclear Waste Management Organization�s (NWMO) concept of burying high-level spent nuclear fuel rod bundles anywhere.

Last year, a number of communities in the ELNOS (Elliot Lake and North Shore Corporation for Economic Development) region, which runs from Spanish to Blind River and includes two First Nations, expressed an interest in learning more about the concept.

Brennain Lloyd, a spokesperson for North Bay-based Northwatch, says there are a few reasons why Northwatch is opposed to the repository concept.

The main reason for their opposition to the concept of burying high-level nuclear waste in an underground repository is the NWMO has not proven the claims it has made regarding the transportation and long-term storage of high-level nuclear fuel rod bundles underground.

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