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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Waiting Game for Nuclear Waste

Saugeen Shores | by Jon Meyer  

Saugeen Shores defers vote on being host site for nuclear waste until May.

Saugeen Shores Council has deferred any action on a deep geological repository site for used nuclear fuel.

Council voted on Monday night to wait until May to take any action on a possible nuclear waste site.

In the meantime, they are looking at an ad-hoc committee to begin the process of community involvement.

Back in early December, Council requested the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) do an initial screening to see if they are even a candidate for a waste site.

Since then, Councillors like Diane Huber say they've received more negative emails and phone calls from the public then ever before.

Huber says while community involvement with information sources like kiosks are great, they need to engage the community with dialogue and a deferral allows them time to do that.

Huber and the rest of council voted in favour of the motion by Deputy Mayor Luke Charbonneau.

Charbonneau tells Bayshore Broadcasting News they are basically deferring a decision until council is satisfied they have completely educated and consulted the public.

People we spoke at council suggested a deferral until September would be better because it would give seasonal residents a chance to get informed too.

The NWMO sent a letter to Council offering to assist with open houses, document stands, appearances and briefings.

The high-level waste project is completely separate from the project in Kincardine by Ontario Power Generation which wants to construct a facility for management of low and intermediate level nuclear waste at the Bruce Power site.


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