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Friday, January 13, 2012

Nuclear Waste for South Bruce?

South Bruce | by Kevin Bernard  

Mayor says they owe it to ratepayers to investigate possibly hosting nuclear waste site.

Yet another municipality wants to have more information about a proposed deep geologic repository for low and intermediate level radioactive waste.

South Bruce Councillors passed a motion Tuesday to move onto phase 2 of the process to find an underground storage site that would be suitable.

The municipality will allow the Nuclear Waste Management organization to go ahead and do an initial screening for a location.

Brockton officially added its' name to the list of municipalities interested in becoming a site for a nuclear waste depository, earlier this week.

The project would involve 340 hectares of land in which low to intermediate level nuclear waste from across Canada would be buried at a depth of 500 meters.

While Brockton and South Bruce want to be considered for the project, Saugeen Shores council wants more time to educate itself and the public.

In fact, Saugeen shores Council voted to wait until May to take any action.

For South Bruce, Mayor Bill Goetz says council wants more information about the proposal, which he says could create some 2 thousand construction jobs.

The construction could be worth over 20 billion dollars and Goetz says they owe it to local ratepayers to find out whether a nuclear waste repository in South Bruce would be profitable and worthwhile.


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