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Sunday, August 11, 2013

SOS Not Giving Up The Fight

Saugeen Shores | by Matt Villeneuve  

Group opposed to Deep Geological Repository says it will continue fight.

The group in Saugeen Shores against a proposed Deep Geological Repository for spent nuclear waste isn't thrilled with the Medical Officer of Health's response to their concerns.

Patrick Gibbons is a member of 'Save Our Saugeen Shores', and in June he appeared before the Board of Health to discuss the mental and physical health implications of the planned D-G-R.

Gibbons wanted the Medical Officer of Health Doctor Hazel Lynn to conduct an independent review, similar to the one she and Doctor Ian Arra completed on the health effects of wind turbines.

Gibbons tells Bayshore Broadcasting News a potential D-G-R in Saugeen Shores would last "into eternity" and due diligence is required.

However, Doctor Lynn doesn't believe the study is necessary just yet, as the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) still has to pick a site.

Gibbons also requested that Doctor Lynn create a database documenting cases of stress and anxiety associated with the a potential D-G-R.

That's something the M-O-H says she cannot justify, as those symptoms can be attributed to multiple causes.

Doctor Lynn notes commenting on the health effects of a D-G-R which is not yet in existence (and is still likely a number of years away) would simply be speculation.

Saugeen Shores is one of 21 communities being looked at the host the Deep Geological Repository, due to its proximity to Bruce Power.

The N-W-M-O will likely be down to one or two communities in the next three-years.

Gibbons tells us there are other options aside from a D-G-R, such as a "fast neutron reactor" that would "cycle the used fuel through, until you're left with radioactivity that has a life-span of 300-year, rather than 100-thousand years."

But some science experts suggest that form of technology is too expensive.

Doctor Lynn says if we're going to use nuclear power, we've got to deal with the byproduct.

Geologically, the best formations to contain spent waste is sedimentary material, similar to what's beneath Lake Huron.



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