Wednesday, June 28, 2017
OPG On Track in DGR Process
The ball is now in the Federal Government’s court to make a decision and recommendation.
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Ontario Power Generation is one step closer in its quest to receive government approval for a Bruce County Deep Geological Repository (DGR) site.
The Canadian Environment Assessment Agency has just announced that it is satisfied that the OPG has adequately answered all 608 of the Federal government’s questions regarding the proposed site.
The questions followed a study that showed that while building the DGR elsewhere in the Canadian Shield or Southern Ontario is technically feasible, it would result in greater environmental effects, higher costs and a delay of 15 to 20 years or more with no additional benefits in safety compared with OPG’s preferred location at the Bruce nuclear site.
OPG Manager of Corporate Relations and Communications Fred Kuntz says the ball is now in the Federal Government’s court to make a decision and a recommendation.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is now charged with the task of writing a draft report to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change with recommendations on conditions if the DGR is approved.
Before submission of this report a 30 day public comment period that will take place this summer to allow the public with a chance to weigh in on the issue.
OPG Vice President Lise Morton adds that they (OPG) really do believe that the Bruce site is the ideal location for the repository.
She says it has been extensively studied for many years with 33 days of public hearings.
OPG’s proposed Bruce facility would be the regions first deep repository for permanent disposal.
If the proper approvals are given the next step for OPG will be an application for a site preparation and construction licence.