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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Brockton Wants Improved Nuclear Response

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Councillor Chris Peabody has brought a motion for greater preparation and safety.

Brockton is lobbying the province to strengthen nuclear emergency response measures.

Councillor Chris Peabody penned the motion that he is confident will gain support from neighbouring municipalities.

The motion calls on the Province to ensure it follows the best practices of the world to identify vulnerable citizens like those in Bruce and Grey that live within 50 km of a nuclear plant.

Peabody notes that we live close to one of the world’s largest nuclear power plants and as such municipalities can not afford to be complacent.

His motion encourages the Province to strengthen nuclear emergency response measures by:
-Recognizing public expectations for public safety by ensuring plans are in place.
-Adopting policies that meet or exceed international best practices in nuclear emergency response measures.
-Identify vulnerable communities (like Brockton) within provincial nuclear response zones and prepare emergency measures adapted to the needs of such vulnerable communities.
-Include new requirements for transparency and regular public review, especially with affected communities.
-Ensure awareness campaigns are in place to inform the resident of Brockton on how to prepare for a nuclear emergency.

It’s Peabody’s hope that Brockton’s motion will gain support from neighbouring municipalities.

Peabody says Brockton's motion is all about protecting vulnerable citizens and asking the Province to address any gaps in the current emergency plans by strengthening transparency and protecting citizens.

The Region of Durham which is a host community for the Pickering and the Darlington nuclear stations has also asked the province to seriously consider strengthening Ontario's nuclear emergency response plans with even more stringent requirements than that of  Brockton's.

A copy of Brockton's motion is being forwarded to the Premier Kathleen Wynne, Bruce County, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, the City of Toronto and the Region of Durham.

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