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DGR Money Coming To Bruce Towns

Bruce County | by Robyn Garvey  

After a three year pause, Deep Geologic Repository host funding will begin to flow again.

After a three year pause, Deep Geologic Depository for low and intermediate nuclear waste (DGR) funding will begin to flow again for Kincardine, Saugeen Shores, Huron Kinloss, Arran-Elderslie and Brockton.

The cheques will be cut as soon as the Municipality of Kincardine amends the original 2004 DGR Host agreement.

The amendment will allow half of the payments that had been put in trust for the five municipalities over the last three years to be released.

Under the original 2004 DGR Hosting Agreement, payments were made to the host community (Kincardine) and the four adjacent communities, in recognition of their role in providing a lasting solution.

In 2015 the payments were put in trust rather than distributed to the five municipalities due to longer than anticipated approval timelines.

OPG Manager of Corporate Relations and Communications Fred Kuntz, says tomorrow’s (Feb. 14th) proposed amendment to the agreement will release 50 percent of the money in trust and resume payments to the five municipalities until a decision is made on the DGR one way or another.

The 50 percent pay-outs equate to 2 million dollars.

Kincardine $1,240,521
Saugeen Shores $477,124
Huron Kinloss $133,595
Arran-Elderslie $76,340
Brockton $76,340

The 2018 Amending Agreement would move forward with the creation of a joint OPG-Kincardine Working Group, to develop recommendation on the concept of a centre of energy excellence in Kincardine.

Kuntz says this is connected to the original 2004 agreement of a vocational trade school idea to increase local educational opportunities.

Brockton Deputy Mayor Dan Gieruszak is looking forward to what this centre of excellence will bring, adding the DGR dollars will also go along way in providing flexibility to Brockton when community groups come forth in need of grant assistance.

Brockton Mayor David Inglis recently penned a letter to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, reaffirming Brockton’s long-time support for OPG’s DGR.

Kuntz says the DGR facility is to be built 680 metres below the Bruce nuclear sit impermeable 450 million year old rock.

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