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Monday, April 9, 2012

Nuclear Opposition Grows

Southampton | by James Greensmith  

About 200 people pack weekend meeting about used nuclear fuel storage site.

It was standing room only at a weekend town hall style meeting in Southampton.

The meeting was held by Save our Saugeen Shores (SOS) and the Southampton Residents Association -- to discuss the possibility of Saugeen Shores being a location for a deep geological repository for spent nuclear fuel.

SOS spokesperson Cheryl Grace says over 200 people attended Saturday's meeting -- to listen to guest speakers and ask questions about the Nuclear Waste Management Organization's selection policy for a DGR site.

Grace says the featured speaker was John Jackson -- who spoke about the negative impact a DGR could have on the Great Lakes watershed and soil quality in the area.

A panel that included Saugeen Shores councillors Taun Frosst and Gary Brown,
President of the Southampton Residents Association Ken Robertson and Grace was also on hand to answer questions.

Grace notes they want to make sure this process is as open and transparent as possible, because she feels the NWMO is keeping a lid on things by not allowing public meetings at this point.

She notes they held this town hall meeting in response to open houses held by the NWMO -- because they want people to think critically and see both sides of the issue.

Grace says they've been invited to have a station at the next NWMO open house on April 30th, and SOS will look for more volunteers and try and secure more funding in the meantime.

She adds their immediate goal is to convince Saugeen Shores Council to vote against proceeding with step two of the DGR selection process.


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