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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Residents Oppose Nuclear Dump

Southampton | by John Divinski  

Southampton Residents Association pledge opposition to DGR in Saugeen Shores.

The Southampton Residents Association (SRA) will continue its fight against any Deep Geological Repository (DGR) being located in the region and in particular a DGR for high level nuclear waste for Saugeen Shores.

That message was reiterated by SRA President Ken Robertson at the group's annual meeting held at the Town Hall in Southampton on Saturday and attended by over 100 people.

Robertson says a DGR in Saugeen Shores would have a significant impact on the culture and vision of the community along with greatly affecting property values as well.

The SRA will have something to say about the DGR planned for Tiverton for low and intermediate nuclear waste when hearings begin in September.

Robertson, along with three other board members--Cheryl Grace; Rod McLeod and Pat Gibbons--have been registered as speakers at the event.

Also at the annual meeting, board member Bob Miller talked about the low water levels of Lake Huron and the recent glut of algae in some beach front spots.

Miller says the algae generally is not an issue but it can be harmful under certain circumstances.

He says according to the information he's read, the algae could lead to gastro-intestinal problems or skin irritation, particularly to those who may be susceptible.

Miller says he'd like to see warning signs posted indicating that when the lake is stirred up, such as it has been recently, children should be cautioned against playing with the algae and certainly avoid ingesting the water.

He says the same warning would apply to pets, where pets are allowed on the beach.

Miller says lake water levels have returned to what has been normal on average over the past decade or so.

He says since 1999, people have seen long-term low lake levels and that has happened only once before -- in the 1930's.

Miller says he's concerned that an era of low lake levels is upon us and if dry, hot weather continues, we may see lake levels lower than in the last year.

 

 

 


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