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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Committee Will Look at DGR

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Saugeen Shores Council approves Community Liaison Committee to look at DGR.

Saugeen Shores and the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) have worked out a Memorandum of Understanding as part of Step 3 of the site selection process for a Deep Geologic Repository (DGR).

Town council voted unanimously, in a recorded vote, to proceed with the process.

Mayor Mike Smith says they wanted to make sure this process doesn't cost taxpayers any money.

Smith says the MOU spells out that the cost for resources for research and for a staff person will be borne by the NWMO.

Next on the agenda is the call for members of the public and council to serve on a Community Liaison Committee.

Mayor Smith says there are a ton of questions that need to be answered such as can a DGR be safely built here; does the concept fit with the community's long-term vision; can the community's well-being be preserved and enhanced or is such a development a threat to the community.

He says a liaison committee will delve into those questions and others with great detail at future community meetings, outside the council chambers environment.

The committee will likely be made up of seven people which includes two council members and five members of the public.

The striking committee, made up of the mayor, deputy mayor and vice-deputy mayor, hope to have its recommendations for committee members by early summer.

Mayor Smith says the committee's work will likely take a year or so.

Deputy Mayor Luke Charbonneau says now's the time to express your interest in serving on the committee.

He says they'll need a good committee of dedicated people that will be willing to put in their time on this issue.

Saugeen Shores is one of many communities throughout Canada that has expressed an interest in being home to a DGR that would store high level nuclear waste.


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