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OPG Engages Municipal Councils on DGR

Regional | by John Divinski  

Ontario Power Generation continues to engage stakeholders on low/intermediate nuclear waste facility

Talks are continuing between Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) over the proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR).

The DGR will house low and intermediate nuclear waste.

OPG's vice president of Nuclear Waste Management, Lise Morton has already spoken to Bruce County council and Saugeen Shores council on the issue.

OPG now takes the story to Huron Kinloss council tonight; Kincardine council on January 17th and Arran Elderslie and Brockton councils on January 22nd.

Councillors will learn that OPG is committed to moving ahead with the DGR only if SON is in agreement.

Morton says that's why talks continue and may continue for another year.

She says, "We have the ability on-site to store the waste that we currently have for several years to come and we have the ability to expand the site if we need to."

Morton points out new storage buildings will be either under construction or in design phase in 2018 at the Western Waste Management Facility near Bruce Power.

In her report to councils,she says five buildings will store low or intermediate level nuclear waste.

Another two buildings could be built to store used nuclear fuel along with a waste processing building to support their "waste minimization program."

The multi-billion-dollar proposed DGR will store only low and intermediate nuclear waste 680-meters below ground.

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