No Nuclear Waste recruits experienced partner

No Nuclear Waste is partnering with Wellington Water Watchers to prevent the establishment of a used nuclear fuel bunker in South Bruce.

Wellington Water Watchers has committed to doing everything it can to help those opposed stop the proposed nuclear waste dump in the municipality.

A release from No Nuclear Waste and Protect Our Waterways  explained that WWW supports a number of communities who are fighting to protect groundwater in their communities from aggregate extraction.

Michelle Stein is the Chair of the Protect Our Waterways board.

“We have met with Wellington Water Watchers (WWW) several times over the past few weeks to learn from their successful campaigns to help communities protect groundwater,” said Stein. “WWW’s persistent advocacy helped force Nestle Waters Canada to sell its operations in Wellington County. They helped the community of Guelph Eramosa defeat a proposal by Xinyi Glass for a production facility that would have removed 1.6 million litres of water per day from the aquifer. The experience WWW has in helping grassroots groups like ours to organize to protect groundwater will be of immense help to the community.”

20 of the 22 municipalities the NWMO has studied are no longer under consideration after local opposition, social or technical reasons caused investigations to be discontinued.

Mike Balkwill has been campaign director with Wellington Water Watchers since 2016 and supported People Against Radioactive Contamination in in a campaign opposed to a proposal by Mississauga Metals and Alloys for an incinerator for low-level radioactive waste in Brampton, Ontario in 2006.

“The nuclear industry has been engaged for several years in an effort to download its waste problems on to small communities who don’t have the same resources to defend themselves as larger communities. It’s part of NWMO’s strategy – to site projects like this in small communities,” said Balkwill. “They have lots of money to spend on short-term incentives. And in the background, they have the support of federal and provincial governments. Now only South Bruce and Ignace appear to be under consideration. We can expect the NWMO to create enormous pressure on the municipal Council and community to accept their proposal. Resisting the NWMO will be a David and Goliath struggle. But as we know from that story, David can win,” concluded Balkwill.