A Statement from SOS
May 07, 2015
Dear SOS Members,
We were informed today that the Ministry of the Environment has released the Report by the JRP on the DGR 1.
The report is highly qualified. It concludes that there will be no likely significant adverse effects caused by the OPG DGR on the Kincardine site, IF the 100 conditions that they have prescribed as mandatory, are acted upon. What this means is that in their view if any of the conditions are not acted upon, there will be SIGNIFICANT environmental impact as well as cause an effect on health and environment from the construction and operation of the DGR as planned.
This is ONE of the steps in the DGR process. This report is being examined by the Minister of the Environment who may accept or reject it, or apply new conditions. It will remain our position that this proposal is altogether unsafe, unacceptable and unscientific. It has involved multiple breaches of due process, secret deals with our municipal leaders, buying of support from the public and multiple examples of unfair treatment of our community.
The Board of SOS would like to gauge support for your continued involvement as we determine strategies for opposing the DGR at this next stage. There will be opportunities for municipal deputations, and for canvassing our federal leaders as we roll toward an election. There is great opposition from the Great Lakes community on this and it is growing. We thank you for your past support, welcome new members and encourage all to become informed and represent your concerns at every opportunity.
Joint Review Panel Environmental Assessment Report
May 07, 2015
Joint Review Panel (JRP) Report was issued to the public on May 6th 2015. As you may know the JRP is made up of three experts. They are appointed by the federal government and they gain their mandate through the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The report that they authored is just over 400 pages long. It is available through this site and the internet.
The JRP is charged with reviewing relevant documents, conducting hearings and providing summary opinion on the Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed Deep Geological Repository (DGR1) for Low and Intermediate radioactive waste: a plan to bury radioactive waste 1.2 kilometers from Lake Huron in sedimentary rock.
The JRP, in writing their report, had three options available to it: rejection of the OPG EIA, acceptance of the OPG application, and conditional acceptance.
The decision of the JRP in the case of the DGR1 is to give Conditional Acceptance. There are 98 mandatory conditions, many of which note that to not comply with them will cause significant adverse effects to the environment. The JRP go on to add that the project will not proceed unless every one of the conditions are met!
SOS is entering a new phase in its continuing effort to foster understanding of the DGR1 and DGR 2 projects and to do something to stop burial of nuclear waste under where we live, work, and play. We owe this to ourselves, our family and friends, and greater community of people and living things that we hold so dear. Most of all we owe it to future generations.
The Panel’s Conclusion, Mitigation and Requirements for Follow Up is outlined in Chapter 16 of the JRP report. See Panel’s 98 Recommendations.
The full Panel Report, which includes a summary, is available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at ceaa-acee.gc.ca registry 17520.
Federal Panel OKs Nuclear Waste Site | May 07, 2015 | John Spears & Lauren Pelley | The Star
SOS comment: The importance of the JRP report is evident by the number of articles responding to it. It is important to note that the report gave conditional approval not approval and that it is subject to Ministerial review and public review. It is also subject to a veto by First Nations and review by the United States through treaty agreements specifically dealing with the management of the Great Lakes and nuclear waste. Note as well that the new standard adopted by the US is for surface storage of nuclear waste not burial.
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