ENVIRONMENTAL & AGRICULTURAL RISKS
The proposed DGR project will have profound impacts on the local and regional environment and agricultural sector.
These negative impacts will come in the form of both physical and social. The physical impact will be the destruction of Agricultural lands, impacts on surface and groundwater from an intensive mining operation, toxic aggregate and run off stored on surface and radioactive particle exposure from the repackaging facility on site. These will be the immediate physical impacts. The social impacts and stigma are also very real. Reduced markets for our Agricultural commodities (dairy may be the first sacrifice), reduced property values impacting the asset balance sheet of important farm businesses.
Know the risks! NWMO talks about all the jobs that will be created! Will all these DGR jobs offset lost jobs in other sectors? Is this project worth the destruction to our environment if the jobs are not even net new? What good are DGR jobs if an equal amount of jobs are lost in other sectors?
ENVIRONMENTAL AND AGRICULTURAL RISKS
Know the risks! Be informed!
June 13, 2020 - Le Devoir. Low-level waste, for example, has always been radioactive enough harmless to be handled with bare hands without protective shielding. However, in just a few days, these same words "low level waste" will designate radioactive products a thousand times more dangerous, often fatal to the touch.
March 25, 2020 - The analysis of copper corrosion in the retrieved 20-year old LOT packages can decide the issue of the suitability of copper as a canister material in the planned. The latest package was retrieved in 2006 after 5 years heating and there was an unexpected amount of copper corrosion, especially on the heated copper tube. There was an attempt to explain this by all oxygen locked inside the package causing corrosion, but this explanation is not convincing as much of the oxygen would have been consumed in the surrounding clay and groundwater before reaching copper surfaces.
February 27, 2020 - Copper canisters corrode much faster than originally thought in experiments. In the statement, the organisations argue that it is important that a thorough analysis that the copper corrosion in the newly retrieved 20-year experimental packages in the LOT experiment be part of the basis in the government's admissibility review of the repository.
February 29, 2020 - CBC News - Chapman's Ice Cream says proposal to bury nuclear waste in the Great Lakes basin is 'shortsighted'.
HOW DID IT HAPPEN THAT IN SWEDEN, THE COUNTRY THAT DEVELOPED THE TECHNOLOGY FOR DEEP GEOLOGICAL DISPOSAL OF RADIOACTIVE WASTE, CONSTRUCTION OF A SUCH A REPOSITORY – A FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD – HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FOR RECOGNIZED RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES, WHEREAS FINLAND, WHICH HAS COPIED THE SWEDISH APPROACH, IS MOVING FULL SPEED AHEAD WITH BUILDING ONE?
August 9, 2016
Peer reviewed article - Jan 6, 2018 - Review conclusions from the report starting on page 8.
May 26, 2015 - After 18 years 30% of the sensors meant to monitor the waste and heat had already failed
October 30, 2018
Risk Analysis, Vol. 33, No. 6, 2013
WHEN HASTE MAKES RISKY WASTE: PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IN RADIOACTIVE AND NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT IN SWEDEN AND FINLAND
August 9, 2016 - casts doubts on the safety of the storage vessels
The race is on to develop strategies for storing the most dangerous materials on Earth
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