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Monday, February 4, 2013

No Nuke Dump Hits GTA

Regional | by Kevin Bernard  

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump group purchases billboard in GTA

A group opposed to burying nuclear waste near Lake Huron is hitting Toronto commuters with a big Billboard about the plan.

Known as Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Inc -- the volunteer organization has purchased time on a billboard along the Gardiner Expressway.

Spokesperson Beverly Fernandez, who lives in Southampton, says this is not a local issue.

She says putting a Deep Geologic Repository within 400 meters of Lake Huron in the Kincardine area endangers the drinking water for 40 million people in North America.

Fernandez says a decision of this magnitude should have the input of more than the people in the small town that wants to host the repository.

Ontario Power Generation proposes to place low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste in the site from the nearby Bruce Nuclear plant and the Pickering and Darlington nuclear generating stations.

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump members say no scientist or geologist can provide them with a guarantee that the lethal waste will stay buried and will stay safe for centuries.

Construction of a DGR would take five to seven years.

The site could begin receiving waste as early as 2019.

The billboard, on one of Canada’s busiest commuter strips, could be seen by up to one million people a week.

The group also has launched an online petition intended for federal Environment Minister Peter Kent, at stopthegreatlakesnucleardump.com

So far about about 34 hundred people have signed the online petition.

 

 

 


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