The first week of the Joint Review Panel hearings into a proposed Deep Geological Repository for the Kincardine area is over and week number two is getting underway.
The first week saw intervenors for both sides of the argument have their say before the JRP and more is expected this week.
On day six, this past Saturday, a spokesperson for the Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump group, Beverly Fernandez of Saugeen Shores says she finds it incredible that anyone would consider a DGR for low and intermediate level nuclear waste to be buried less than a kilometre from the shores of Lake Huron.
Fernandez says the shores of the Great Lakes provides drinking water for 40-million-people in two countries.
Also Fernandez, in her 30 minute address, was astounded by OPG's apparent lack of due diligence in looking for an alternative site.
She says OPG's Environmental Impact Statement is over 34-hundred pages long and yet only one page was dedicated to the possibility of an alternative site and even then a specific site wasn't named.
Fernandez told the JRP, the fact that no other sites were considered, is a shocking admission by OPG.
On the other side of the coin is the Executive Director of the Penatangore Regional Economic Development Corporation or PREDC, Gerry Taylor, whose group welcomes the DGR because of the future jobs it may create in the region.
Taylor says both sides of the argument should be heard and he admits some people are scared and frightened by a DGR prospect.
However, he says when people don't have the right facts, it just rattles everyone.
He'd rather have the facts front and centre.
Hearings continue this week in Kincardine with environment, species at risk and human health being discussed.
All meetings are open to the public and are webcast at www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng
Statement from Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump
DR. DAVID SUZUKI SIDES WITH STOP THE GREAT LAKES NUCLEAR DUMP IN OPPOSING ONTARIO POWER GENERATION PROPOSED NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY
As the public hearings concerning Ontario Power Generation’s proposed nuclear waste repository kicked off in Kincardine Ontario, Dr. David Suzuki has thrown his support behind the Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump citizens group in voicing his opposition to OPG’s plan to bury radioactive nuclear waste on the shore of Lake Huron.
Dr. David Suzuki, an award-winning scientist, environmentalist, broadcaster, Companion of the Order of Canada, holder of 25 honorary degrees, and recipient of the Right Livelihood Award (the alternative Nobel Prize) comments “I am shocked that we still operate under a long discarded idea that we can solve our planetary pollution problem by adopting the practice of out-of-sight-out-of- mind. We have to stop using the ground, air or water as a repository for our toxic wastes. It only provides a short term illusion that we have solved what will become a long-term disaster.”
Dr. Suzuki joins notable Canadian author and environmentalist Farley Mowat and respected physician organization American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) in lining up against the controversial process and plan that would see radioactive nuclear waste entombed in underground caverns right beside the drinking water of 40 million people.
Questioning the sanity of this plan Farley Mowat notes “This plan for the disposal of nuclear wastes, smacks of a scenario from the Mad Hatter. That it is apparently the fantasy of governmental authorities, is bloody terrifying to any person possessing a scrap of sanity. I believe I am reasonably sane. I believe this plan is arrant madness and I will resist it with every ounce of determination in me.”
"The AAEM board is unanimously opposed to the deep geological repository on the Great Lakes as it poses a serious threat to the health of the public and the environment," said AAEM President Dr. Amy Dean.
Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump will express its concern and opposition to OPG’s proposal when spokesperson Beverly Fernandez appears before the Joint Review Panel on September 21, 2013.
Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Inc. is an independent non-profit organization that believes the protection of the Great Lakes from buried radioactive nuclear waste is responsible stewardship and is of national and international importance. To protect our precious natural resource and the welfare, health and safety of the millions of people today and the innumerable generations who will follow, radioactive nuclear waste should not be buried anywhere in the Great Lakes Basin.