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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

City Declines Generator Study

Owen Sound | by Jonathon Jackson  

Owen Sound will not participate in Natural Resources steam generator study.

Owen Sound has declined an invitation to participate in a House of Commons standing committee's study of the Bruce Power steam generator issue.

The Standing Committee on Natural Resources decided in November to study the issue -- particularly the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission's decision to allow Bruce Power to transport 16 decommissioned steam generators to Sweden via the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.

The committee will meet to discuss the matter on March 10th and Mayor Deb Haswell was invited to appear on a panel of witnesses.

However, the Mayor wouldn't be able to attend as she will still be on vacation.

Councillor Bill Twaddle suggested the city decline the invitation and instead make reference to its recent deputation before the CNSC.

He points out any issues the city has with the planned shipment have been addressed by Bruce Power and endorsed by the CNSC, so the city would have nothing further to add to the discussion.

But Councillor Colleen Purdon disagrees.

She says the City has a responsibility to accept the invitation and take its residents' concerns to Ottawa.

Purdon says council should raise the issue again because the city's previous concerns did not include input from people like herself who have since been elected to council.

Purdon feels the community has simply not had enough of an opportunity to talk about the issue.

Twaddle disagrees, pointing to the number of opportunities people and groups had to discuss the matter at City Hall and at the public health building, where Bruce Power staged an open house.


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