the Age of Nuclear Waste is just beginning!
NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD
REGARDING CURRENT PLANS TO BURY AND ABANDON ALL OF THE NUCLEAR WASTE FROM ONTARIO’S 22 NUCLEAR REACTORS (EXCEPT FOR THE IRRADIATED FUEL) IN A DEEP UNDERGROUND CHAMBER LESS THAN A MILE FROM LAKE HURON.
(THE INDUSTRY CALLS IT A “DEEP GEOLOGICAL REPOSITORY (DGR)” BUT MANY CRITICS CALL IT A “DEEP UNDERGROUND DUMP (DUD)” — A TERM COINED BY DAVID MARTIN MANY YEARS AGO.)
AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT REVIEW PANEL HAS RECOMMENDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA ALLOW THIS DUMP, BUT IT IS ONLY A RECOMMENDATION — AND NOW THE ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCY IS ASKING INPUT ON WHAT “CONDITIONS” TO IMPOSE ON SUCH A DUMP IF THE GOVERNMENT ENDS UP APPROVING IT.
ALTHOUGH THE RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL TO BE BURIED IS CALLED “LOW-LEVEL” AND “INTERMEDIATE-LEVEL” WASTE, DO NOT BE FOOLED. IT INCLUDES VIRTUALLY ALL OF THE MATERIALS THAT ARE FOUND IN “HIGH-LEVEL WASTE“, SUCH AS CESIUM-137, IODINE-129, STRONTIUM-90, PLUTONIUM-239, KRYPTON-85, TRITIUM, CARBON-14, AND SO ON, BUT AT LOWER CONCENTRATIONS THAN WOULD BE FOUND IN IRRADIATED NUCLEAR FUEL.
@ MANY PEOPLE ARE WRITING TO EXPRESS THEIR UNCONDITIONAL OPPOSITION TO SUCH A DUMP IN SUCH A LOCATION AND ARE URGING THE GOVERNMENT TO REJECT THE PANEL’S RECOMMENDATION ALTOGETHER.
@ MANY PEOPLE ARE INSISTING THAT THIS DUMP HAS THE POTENTIAL TO IMPACT THE GREAT LAKES AND AS SUCH IS NOT A LOCAL PROJECT BUT ONE THAT INVOLVES 40 MILLION WHO DRAW THEIR DRINKING WATER THERE.
@ MANY ARE POINTING OUR THE LACK OF PUBLIC ACCEPTABILITY — AS MANIFESTED BY THE HUNDREDS OF COMMUNITIES (INCLUDING TORONTO, CHICAGO, LONDON AND MANY MORE) THAT HAVE PASSED RESOLUTIONS AGAINST THE DUD, AND THE TENS OF THOUSANDS WHO HAVE SIGNED PETITIONS OPPOSING THE DUMP.
@ SOME ARE SAYING THAT ABANDONMENT OF NUCLEAR WASTES IS IRRESPONSIBLE AND IS NOT JUSTIFIED ON EHTICAL OR SCIENTIFIC GROUNDS — AND, SINCE “ABANDONMENT” IS EXPRESSLY INCLUDED IN THE RATIONALE FOR THE DUMP, THE DUMP ITSELF IS COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE.
@ SOME ARE POINTING OUT THAT THERE IS NO SAFELY OPERATING DGR FOR NUCLEAR WASTES ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD — TWO SUCH DGRs IN GERMANY HAVE FAILED AND THE NUCLEAR WASTE IS BEING RETRIEVED WITH GREAT DIFFCIULTY, WHILE THE ONLY ONE IN NORTH AMERICA (THE WIPP FACILITY) SUFFERED A SEVERE ACCIDENT IN FEBRUARY 2014 LEADING TO PLUTONIUM CONTAMINATION BELOW-GROUND AND ABOVE-GROUND.
@ MANY ARE CONVINCED THAT THIS PROJECT IS JUST THE FIRST STEP IN THE PROGRESSIVE ABANDONMENT AND/OR DISPERSAL OF HUGE QUANTITIES OF NUCLEAR WASTE, INCLUDING IRRADIATED NUCLEAR FUEL. MOST OF THE ARGUMENTS AGAINST THE BURIAL OF HIGH-LEVEL WASTE APPLY EQUALLY WELL TO THIS “DUD”.
FOR A SLIDE SHOW BY GORDON EDWARDS THAT ELUCIDATES THESE CONSIDERATIONS, SEE
Date: August 26, 2015 4:26:12 PM EDT (CA)
Express unconditional opposition to Canada’s Great Lakes shore radioactive waste dump by Sept. 1st deadline!
By next Tuesday’s deadline, set by Canada’s federal Environment Minister, Leona Aglukkaq, please submit your “unconditional opposition” to Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) for radioactive waste burial on the shore of Lake Huron at Bruce Nuclear Generating Station in Kincardine, Ontario. If approved, constructed, and operated, the dump would put at risk the drinking water supply for 40 million people in 8 U.S. states, 2 Canadian provinces, and a large number of Native American First Nations (not just during the current generations, but forevermore into the future, as certain radioisotopes will remain hazardous that long). The Great Lakes represent over 20% of the world’s surface fresh water, and around 85% of North America’s surface fresh water. The Great Lakes are the lifeblood of one of the world’s single largest regional economies.
You can submit your public comments by email. (That is, to: email@example.com).
Please be sure to include “Docket #17520” at the top of your comments, so that they can be directed to the proper place (OPG’s DGR EA docket — EA is short for Environmental Assessment).
To see more ways to take action, as well as to learn more about the successful rally against the dump held at the Port Huron, MI/Sarnia, ON international border on Aug. 16, see Beyond Nuclear’s Canada website section.
(And click here for more detail on this public comment opportunity.)
—Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear and Don’t Waste MI (board member, representing the Kalamazoo chapter)
Radioactive Waste Watchdog
Beyond Nuclear aims to educate and activate the public about the connections between nuclear power and nuclear weapons and the need to abandon both to safeguard our future. Beyond Nuclear advocates for an energy future that is sustainable, benign and democratic.