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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Support for Nuclear Storage

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Some residents want Council to take next step of selection process for storage site.

A good turnout of citizens to the latest Nuclear Waste Management Organization open house on Monday on a proposed deep geological repository that would house spent nuclear fuel.

NWMO communications manager Mike Krizanc says the visitors to the open house at the Plex was steady.

He estimates about 150 turned up to ask questions and get more information.

Save our Saugeen Shores spokesperson Cheryl Grace suggests that despite the open house and the group's concerns, council has already made up its mind to proceed to step two.

Grace says, according to conversation she had with Councillor Taun Frosst, councillors had decided to proceed by time the SOS town hall meeting was held on April 7th.

Councillor Frosst was unavailable for comment.

Council meets on May 14th to make any decision official.

Meanwhile, Southampton resident Dave McCutcheon is concerned about residents not making the effort to learn more about the issue.

McCutcheon says much of the rhetoric has been based on emotion rather than facts and if people took the time to investigate, many of their fears would be addressed.

Fellow Southampton resident Ian Wheeler agrees and says the community owes it to itself to at least go to step two or even step three.

NWMO and town councillors have both indicated that no final decision will be made for another ten years and Mayor Mike Smith says if Saugeen Shores is still in the running, he suspects a referendum on the issue will be held.


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