Premier Asked To Cancel Proposed Nuclear Waste Burial At Bruce Power

The Joint Review Panel on the proposed DGR first met in Kincaridne in 2013, pictured above. ( stock photo)

One hundred public interest groups have written an open letter calling on the Ontario Government to direct Ontario Power Generation to withdraw the plan to bury nuclear waste at the Bruce Power site on Lake Huron.

The provincial government is the sole shareholder of OPG.

The authors of the open letter call the plan to bury radioactive waste in limestone deep underground, flawed. A federally appointed Joint Review Panel last week recommended the project go ahead. The letter points out that there are still too many unknown’s in the design of the Deep Geologic Repository for low and medium level radioactive waste. It says no one has been able to calculate the rates of gas produced from deteriorating metals, when gas can create pressure that can cause fracturing. The authors also point out the the only other operating example of this type of storage facility is now closed following a fire and the release of radioactivity to the surface.

Bruce Power neighbour Eugene Bourgeois claims the federally appointed Joint Review Panel has teamed up with the nuclear industry to rush ahead with unproven technology.

“There are layers on layers of dishonesty at play here. This federal panel has now teamed up with the nuclear industry to rush ahead with unproven technologies to bury wastes OPG claims are being safely managed where they are, and to continue to ignore some of the most vulnerable and most hazardous wastes, like AECL’s shut-down reactor at Douglas Point,” says Bourgeois.

Radioactive waste specialist Kevin Kamps of the U.S. based group, Beyond Nuclear, says it makes no sense to bury the waste out of reach in hopes to keep the radiation isolated for hundreds of thousands of years. He claims the federal panel accepted Ontario Power Generation’s testimony that Lake Huron would be large enough to dilute radioactive wastes if they leaked from the repository.

“That a federal hearing panel would accept using the Great Lakes for the dilution of radioactive pollution as a solution to the industry’s waste management problems robs their report of any credibility,” says Kamps.

The authors of the letter point out that OPG plans to double the original amount of 200,000 cubic metres of radioactive wastes to be stored there, and will seek an amendment to include wastes like radioactive reactor components and contaminated building material.

Click here to read: An_Open_Letter_to_the_Government_of_Ontario_15May2014_OPG_DGR

The letter is signed by:

Algoma Manitoulin Nuclear Awareness
Algonquin Eco Watch
Blue Water Coalition Against the Deep Geological Repositories
Bruce Peninsula Environment Group (BPEG)
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility
Canadian Environmental Law Association
Citizens Concerned About Nuclear Waste in Elliot Lake
Citizens Environment Alliance of southwestern Ontario
Citizens’ Clearinghouse on Waste Management
Concerned Citizens of Blind River
Concerned Citizens of Hornepayne
Concerned Citizens of Renfrew County
Concerned Citizens of White River
Durham Nuclear Awareness (DNA)
Faith & The Common Good
Friends of Bruce
Grand River Environmental Network
Greenpeace Canada
Honey Harbour Fishing Club
Ontario Power Generation’s Plan to Bury Nuclear Waste in Deep Underground Caverns Beside
Lake Huron Must be Set Aside 4
Huron Grey Bruce Citizens Committee on Nuclear Wastes
Inverhuron District Ratepayers Association
Justice and Global Issues Committee, South East Presbytery, United Church of Canada
Kawartha Truth and Reconciliation Support Group.
Manitoulin Island Cycling Associates (MICA)
MiningWatch Canada
Nibi Emosaawdamajig
Nipissing Environmental Watch
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
Pax Christi Toronto
Peterborough Greenspace Coalition
Physicians for Global Survival
Prevent Cancer Now
Provincial Council of Women of Ontario
Sacred Water Circle
Save Our Saugeen Shores
Science for Peace
Sierra Club Ontario Chapter
Sierra Club Canada Foundation
Southampton Residents Association
Temiskaming Environmental Action Committee
The Council of Canadians
The Inverhuron Committee
The Kawartha Lakes Water Walkers
The National Council of Women of Canada
Veterans Against Nuclear Arms
Committee for Future Generations
Council for Public Health in Mining Communities
Inter-Church Uranium Committee Educational Cooperative (ICUCEC)
les Artistes pour la Paix
Maritime Aboriginal Peoples Council
Sept-Iles Sans URANIUM
Watershed Sentinel Educational Society (WSES)
Binational Great Lakes Committee of the Sierra Club and the Sierra Club of Canada
Alliance to Halt Fermi 3
Beyond Nuclear
Cape Downwinders
Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination
Citizens’ Resistance at Fermi 2 (CRAFT)
Coalition Against Nukes
Coalition for a Nuclear Free Great Lakes
Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety
Concerned Citizens of Big Bay
Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone
Crabshell Alliance
Disarm / End Wars Committee, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Don’t Waste Michigan, Sherwood Chapter
Environmentalists, Inc.
Fairmont, MN Peace Group
Heart of America Northwest
Michigan Safe Energy Future – Shoreline Chapter (MSEF-SH)
Michigan Safe Energy Future-Kalamazoo, MI Chapter
Michigan Stop The Nuclear Bombs Campaign
Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS)
Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance
Oglala Sioux Tribe Cultural Affairs and Historic Preservation Office
Ohio CARE – Citizens Against a Radioactive Environment
Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air
Physicians for Social Responsibility – Kansas City
Portsmouth/Piketon Residents for Environmental Safety and Security (PRESS)
Protect Our Manoomin
Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center
Saginaw Home for Peace and Justice
Save Our Sky Blue Waters
Sierra Club, Atlantic Chapter
Sierra Club, Michigan Chapter
Southwest Research and Information Center
The Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee
The Colorado Coalition for Prevention of Nuclear War
The Helen Caldicott Foundation
The Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition
Uranium Watch
Vermont Citizens Action Network
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, U.S. Section/Earth Democracy
BI Umweltschutz Lüchow – Dannenberg
Platform Against Nuclear Dangers Salzburg
WISE (World Information Service on Energy)