Incoming Liberals Asked To Stop Great Lakes Nuclear Dump

An Ontario Lobby Group is hopeful the incoming Liberal Government will live up to a promise to protect the environment, and put a stop to plans to bury nuclear waste a kilometre from Lake Huron at Bruce Power.

Beverly Fernandez of the Group “Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump” says 40-million people rely on the great lakes for drinking water.

She says so far, the world’s nuclear waste burial sites have a 100 per cent failure rate.

“We do have to keep in mind that there are only three¬†nuclear waste burial sites on our entire planet, and all three of them have leaked,” says¬†Fernandez.

She says taking that kind of risk defies logic.

Fernandez adds Ontario Power Generation did not look at any other site in a a province of a million square kilometres.

The proposed DGR would encase low and medium level nuclear waste in ancient rock 680 metres below ground.

She says 87,000 people have signed a petition opposing the plan, and 177 municipalities on both sides of the border have passed resolutions to keep Deep Geologic Repository out of the Great Lakes Basin.

A Joint Environmental Review Panel supported the plan last spring, and the environment minister was due to make a decision in December under the old government.

Fernandez expects the decision to be delayed due to the huge volume of information the incoming environment minister needs to assess.