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Bruce Supports DGR Plan

Bruce County | by John Divinski  

Bruce County wants to meet Environment Minister in person to explain support.

Bruce County is going to make sure that the federal government knows of the county's support for the proposed Deep Geologic Repository in Tiverton to house low and intermediate nuclear waste.

Recently the Joint Review Panel sent its report on the Ontario Power Generation application to build a DGR to the federal environment minister.

The report says the JRP recommends the facility be built just off the shores of Lake Huron and the project take place sooner rather than later.

The county plans to see if it can get an appointment with Environment Minister Leona Agluqqak in Ottawa so they can deliver their support in person.

Staff has suggested Warden Mitch Twolan and county CAO Kelley Coulter make the trip.

Coulter says having a face-to-face meeting allows for more dialogue to occur.  

Twolan says the Joint Review Panel conducted a robust science-based review that involved multi-years of study and significant local community consultation.

He says not everyone is happy with the report but he knows everyone had an opportunity to have their say.

The municipality of Kincardine, which supported the DGR project from the beginning, also issued a media release, saying the thorough review by experts has confirmed that the DGR solution is the right answer for the long-term management of low and intermediate nuclear waste.

Mayor Anne Eadie says the community supports the findings of the JRP.




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