RECENT NEWS & PRESS RELEASES
Review recent press releases and list of links below to stay informed on developments related to NWMO efforts to establish this dump in South Bruce and what they are up to in other communities.
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NOVEMBER 6, 2020
The Bruce County Executive Council of Mayors has voted for a second time to defer a motion which called on Mayors to support the concept of a deep geological repository (DGR) as a matter of settled science.
The proposed motion raised several concerns for Protect Our Waterways - No Nuclear Waste and its supporters, which felt such a motion ran counter to the fundamental philosophy of science by attaching the word “settled” to an untested and theoretical project.
OCTOBER 30, 2020
Damage to signs and private property only strengthens our resolve to resist the establishment of a nuclear dump in South Bruce.
"Signs can be replaced and we will continue to resist through peaceful, yet assertive dialogue”. - Michelle Stein, President of Protect Our Waterways - No Nuclear Waste.
October 27, 2020 - Nothing could be more antithetical to the fundamental philosophy behind science than attaching the word “settled” to an untested and theoretical project. The science behind a DGR concept is not settled and it is why the NWMO refers to their own process as “Adaptive”. Many international experts do not agree that a DGR approach is the best solution for the storing of highly radioactive spent fuel.
September 9, 2020 - Protect Our Waterways – No Nuclear Waste (POW-NNW) launched a public education campaign today on the potential risks posed to area residents from a proposed deep geological repository (DGR) in South Bruce. 50,000 leaflets are being delivered to area homes this week as part an ongoing outreach to communities in the area.
August 20th, 2020 - On August 11, 2020, Protect Our Waterways - No Nuclear Waste held a strategic planning and fundraising meeting at an open air venue, respecting Covid-19 social distancing protocols, with nearly 100 South Bruce residents opposed to the establishment of a high level radioactive nuclear dump in the Municipality of South Bruce.
Nov 16, 2018 - World Economic Forum: Excerpt - Transmutation of nuclear waste: the ADS process has been proven to transmute long-term nuclear waste, harmful for 240,000 years or more, into short-term radioactivity waste of less than 500 years toxicity. The technology would solve the intractable problem of very long-term radioactive waste storage.
August 4, 2020 - Protect Our Waterways - No Nuclear Waste announces that it is teaming up with Wellington Water Watchers, the powerful environmental advocacy group, to prevent the establishment of a nuclear waste dump for highly radioactive waste in South Bruce. Under this new partnership, Wellington Water Watchers commits to do ‘everything it can’ to help stop the proposed nuclear waste dump.
THE NEXT THREAT: A HIGH-LEVEL NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP NEAR LAKE HURON
NWMO SELECTS SITE NEAR SCRAPPED ONTARIO DGR
July 16, 2020 - No sooner than the Saugeen Ojibway Nation had voted overwhelmingly against Ontario Power Generation's effort to build a deep geological repository for low and intermediate nuclear waste the repository on the lip of Lake Huron, a similar, perhaps more lethal threat has emerged.
July 2, 2020 -
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) should not approve a suite of regulatory documents on radioactive waste at its meeting June 18, 2020 and instead live up to the Liberal government’s commitment to openness and transparency for regulatory development.
Some of these regulations developed by commission staff are at best vague guidelines that leave nuclear waste policy decisions in the hands of private industry, instead of actually prescribing actions that are in the public interest.
June 29, 2020. Protect Our Waterways - No Nuclear Waste is grateful for the decision by SON community members to vote against the low/intermediate DGR and the formal cancellation of the project by OPG at the Bruce site. The struggle however is not over as the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) continues with plans to construct a high level radioactive waste nuclear dump within the Municipality of South Bruce.
June 26, 2020 - The Star. While Kincardine had been a “willing host,” the proposal drew years of fierce opposition from environmentalists and hundreds of communities on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border. All argued that the threat to drinking water that serves millions of people was simply too great.
November 26, 2019.
June 9, 2020
June 12, 2020 - Wellington Advertiser. ‘A lot of those trucks will be traveling through neighbouring communities to get here
June 10, 2020 - CTV News. “I am not in favour of the council deciding whether it comes or not, it has to come from the public. But the public has to be well informed first,” Mayor Buckle says.
June 13, 2020 - Kincardine News. On the sunny and warm evening of Tuesday, June 9 over 200 people in their vehicles answered the call to join the “No Nuclear” parade, which started in Teeswater and travelled to Mildmay and Formosa.
May 28, 2020 Owen Sound Sun Times - It may take a referendum or a municipal election to decide whether South Bruce is a willing host for an underground vault for all of Canada’s high-level nuclear waste, the mayor of this rural Bruce County municipality said.
May 25, 2020 CTV News London
May 22, 2020 CTV News London
Farms.com May 12, 2020 - Community members clash over the site selection for a high-level nuclear waste deep geologic repository
Special To The Sault Star, August 3, 2018
April 12, 2014 Briar Patch Magazine - Saskatchewan
“This is going to be quite contentious” once planning starts to ramp up, says South Bruce Mayor Robert Buckle.
“If two years from now, if I re-run for mayor and if I get in, I will insist that we have a referendum. Something as important as this I’m not going to let six people (on council) make that decision.”
Owen Sound Sun Times - January 26, 2020 - See how elements within the community are making decisions on your behalf.
CBC News February 29, 2020 - interview with Chapman's Ice Cream which employs over 1,000 people in the region.
Saugeen Times - January 31-2020
August 4, 2017 - Canada-U.S. International Joint Commission on the Great Lakes - Greening said that while underground storage makes more sense than leaving it on the surface, the proposed site isn’t ideal. He said in the 1980s OPG hoped to bury it in the granite Canadian Shield – a rock known for being practically impermeable to water, economically unimportant and geologically stable on top of being a sparsely populated region – but was blocked when people in northern Ontario opposed it, and Manitoba passed a resolution preventing nuclear waste from Ontario being disposed of in the province. Rather than find another site on the Shield, Greening said, OPG wants to take it underground near where it already is.
CTV News London - March 11, 2020
CBC News - February 11, 2020
December 9, 2019
Feb 21, 2020 Owen Sound Sun Times
Feb 21, 2020 CBC News
Oct 20, 2013 - Hearings related to the now cancelled low/intermediate DGR for Kincardine.
Feb 11, 2020 - Dr. Frank Greening, Lessons Learned. The idea of establishing a deep geologic repository for Canada’s nuclear waste is not new as an extract from a 1994 report on radioactive waste disposal jointly written by AECL and Ontario Hydro shows.
August 9, 2016
April 25, 2017 - Lloyd Robertson visits the proposed site of a major nuclear waste tomb which is waiting for licence approval to begin constructing. The material will remain radioactive for thousands of years, but leaving it above ground isn't a solution. The site borders the Great Lakes, the major fresh water source for millions of Canadians and Americans.
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