Kincardine Residents Want To Host Nuclear Waste Bunker

Kincardine’s mayor has written to the federal environment minister to say the community supports a plan to host a nuclear waste bunker.

Mayor Anne Eadie wrote the letter in response to a letter from 104 Great Lakes Mayors and Elected Officials who wrote to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna last month to ask her to reject the project.

Eadie points to a decision from the Joint Review Panel which supports plans to entomb low and medium level nuclear waste from Ontario’s nuclear plants deep underground at the Bruce Power site.

In the meantime, Ontario Power Generation is in talks with the Saugeen Ojibway Nation regarding the plan to build the site on the shores of Lake Huron.

Once that process is complete, the OPG will submit their plan to the Canadian Environment Assessment Agency. Eventually, the Environment Minister will make a decision.

Ontario Power Generation says the nuclear waste from nuclear stations across Ontario is currently stored safely on the surface at Bruce Power, but the long-term storage plan is a better option.

Joint Review Panel participant, John Mann of Saugeen Shores, says he has not received a response from the Environment Minister to his claim that the project is no longer valid because of the length of time that has passed since the Joint Review Panel’s assessment.