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Monday, September 24, 2012

No Land Issues for DGR

Arran Elderslie | by John Divinski  

NWMO finds no geological concerns to build a proposed DGR for spent nuclear fuel.

There are no land issues in Arran Elderslie that would impact a Deep Geological Repository for high level spent nuclear fuel.

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization presented its findings to Council on Monday and outlined no geological issues.

The passing grade doesn't mean the decision is final.

The NWMO cautions the report only means Arran Elderslie can still be considered as a potential host site for the DGR.

Arran Elderslie Mayor Paul Eagleson says council doesn't have any concerns at this time but no decisions are being made at this time either.

There was no one from the general public for or against the project, attending the meeting, however Eagleson says he knows there are people against the DGR locating in Arran Elderslie.

He says he personally hasn't made any decision on the matter but he thinks the process to learn more should be taken.

Eagleson says he hopes his municipality is invited to a meeting with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, like other communities have done, to get more information.

He says there will be no decisions made by council until they have their meeting with the CNSC.

Next up in Arran Elderslie are a couple of open houses put on by the NWMO on October 10th and 11th, at the Chesley Community Centre from 11 AM to 7 PM.

Elsewhere, a favourable report was also presented to Huron Kinloss Council last month.

The NWMO will present a similar geology report to Saugeen Shores Council on Monday night.

A large crowd is expected at tonight's meeting -- so officials have moved the meeting into the Rotary Room at the Port Elgin Plex.

The meeting starts at 7:30 PM --- and it will also be webcast on the town's site for those who can't make it to the meeting.



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