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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

No Health Study of DGR

Saugeen Shores | by Matt Villeneuve  

Medical Officer of Health says only so much can do, no facility to study.

'Save our Saugeen Shores' (S.O.S) -- a group against a Deep Geological Repository for spent nuclear waste -- may not be happy with the Health Unit's response to their concerns.

The group appeared before the Board of Health in June to discuss the mental and physical health implications of the planned D-G-R.

The Medical Officer of Health for the Grey-Bruce Health Unit, Doctor Hazel Lynn, tells Bayshore Broadcasting News there's only so much she can do.

In regards to the radiation concerns, Doctor Lynn says at this point there's no increase in dosage to the public.

Doctor Lynn says if we're going to use nuclear power, we've got to deal with the byproduct and the best geological formations to contain spent waste is sedimentary material, similar to what's beneath Lake Huron.

Last month's report by 'S.O.S' member, Pat Gibbons, also cited concerns with stress and anxiety.

Doctor Lynn agrees with a stress reduction lifestyle for everyone, not just those dealing with the D-G-R siting process.

The M-O-H also notes it's difficult to comment on the health effects of a facility "which is not in existence and likely still a number of years away".


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