Plan for nuclear waste storage should be met with caution, says farmers union president

tony_mcquailCENTRAL HURON – The idea of storing high-level nuclear waste in Central Huron should be met with caution, says a local farmers union president.

“The decision to put all of Canada’s high level radioactive reactor fuel waste under some of Canada’s best farm land and beside the Great Lakes is one that should be considered very cautiously” said Tony McQuail, who is the president of the Huron National Farmers Union (NFU) Local 335.

In co-operation with the Huron District of the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario, Huron NFU has scheduled an information session on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Regional Equine and Agricultural Centre of Huron, which is located in Clinton. It expects to have information on both the benefits and risks of storing the country high-level nuclear waste.

More than 20 communities, including the Municipality of Central Huron, have expressed an interest in learning more about hosting a deep geologic site to store the country’s high-level radioactive waste from nuclear electricity generation.

Brennain Lloyd of North Watch will present Deep Trouble: Nuclear Waste Burial in the Great Lakes Basin. There will be an opportunity for questions following the presentation.

Since 1988 Northwatch has been addressing sound energy planning, healthy forests, responsible mining, waste reduction, and conservation of natural resources and environmental assets. Northwatch has worked with residents over the past two decades to prevent northeastern Ontario from becoming the receiving ground for foreign wastes, whether it’s Toronto’s garbage, Ontario’s biomedical waste, Canada’s nuclear reactor fuel waste, or PCBs from around the world.

Huron NFU said a request to the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), which federal legislation has charged with the task of finding a storage site for the nuclear waste, has not responded to an invitation to attend its information session. However, NWMO information will be available for the public.

Members of the Huron NFU were concerned after attending an NWMO open house that the information provided failed to adequately present the risks of the proposal.

Written by on January 25, 2013 in Communities - 1 Comment

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  1. Richard (Dick) Hiner January 25, 2013 at 11:06 pm · Reply

    Living near a community considering the burial of Canada’s reactor waste in the 1980s [Atikokan, Ontario] we discovered that if anyone or any organization or group wants to explore the “Con’s” of “hosting” nuclear waste and the reasons of why such an endeavours are very possibly scientific mistakes, those persons must research and pay for that expertise on their own.
    Many credible scientists, hydro geologists, epidemiologists, engineers, mathematicians, physicists and medical doctors who can show the weak spots on the nuclear waste producers’ plans for their reactor waste are writing and speaking on this issue… but if you want them to come and share their expertise, you will have to pay for their travel and expense.
    The “Pro” side will appear anywhere you like as often as you like and even take you out for dinner and invite you to accept a paid trip to visit their captive scientists at Chalk River. Just don’t expect the government or industry or the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) to help pay for your understanding the opposing view. I know… I know… it is not fair. So what. If you want a balanced view, you are on your own. Good luck!

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