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Friday, February 28, 2014

DGR Open House in Brockton

Walkerton | by Kevin Bernard  

Second of two Open Houses being held in Walkerton for proposed DGR.

A picture of a similar DGR project proposed for Kincardine.  

The second of two Open Houses on a planned Deep Geologic Repository is being held in Walkerton on Friday.

Nuclear Waste Management Ontario (NWMO) is holding Open Houses in several communities, as it begins the process of narrowing down possible locations for a site to store high level nuclear waste.

It's a huge project, that will see somewhere between 16 and 24 billion dollars invested in a facility that would house spent nuclear fuel underground for centuries.

Brockton residents have a chance to hear from several experts at the Open House including geo scientists and social researchers.

Huron-Kinloss, South Bruce and Brockton are being looked at -- while Saugeen Shores and Arran Elderslie have been eliminated as potential sites.

NWMO Communications Manager Michael Krizanc says they are getting feedback from the community and over the next few years they will narrow down the possible locations to one or two.

Krizanc says it's is a long term project, with construction taking several years and the facility wouldn't be ready until about 2035.

He says it would be a major economic boost to whatever community is selected, with about 1,000 construction jobs, and about 600 long term jobs created.

Friday's Open House is being held from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Walkerton Community Centre.




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