Joint Review Panel Issues Public Hearing Schedule for
Deep Geologic Repository Project
August 26, 2014 – The Joint Review Panel for the Deep Geologic Repository Project for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste (DGR) has released the schedule of presenters for the additional public hearing days:
The public hearing will begin on Tuesday September 9, 2014, at 9:00 am at the Royal Canadian Legion, 219 Lambton Street, Kincardine, Ontario. Any person may attend the public hearing as an observer.
The public hearing will give scheduled participants the opportunity to provide their views in relation to one or more of the six subjects addressed in the information requests issued by the Panel since November 2013.
Time permitting and at the discretion of the Panel, members of the public who are not scheduled to make an oral presentation may be given the opportunity to make a brief oral statement on one or more of the six hearing subjects.
A daily agenda containing the list of presenters will be available each hearing day. Two sessions will be held each day, one in the morning (9:00 a.m. to 12:30p.m.) and one in the afternoon (2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Modifications to the schedule will be reflected on the daily agenda, where possible.
As detailed in the Amended Public Hearing Procedures, the six subjects that will be addressed over the course of the hearing days are the following:
Methodology used to determine the significance of adverse environmental effects
Updates to the geoscientific verification plan
Expansion plans for the DGR project
Relative risk analysis of alternative means of carrying out the project
Implications of revisions to the reference waste inventory
Applicability of recent incidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) to the safety case for the DGR project
The public hearing will be webcast live through the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission website at www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca . Simultaneous translation of the oral proceedings will be available in French and English.
Closed Meetings Investigator finds Bruce County Council meetings with Nuclear Industry Reps in Contravention of Ontario Municipal Act | August 7, 2014 | Brockton, ON
Bruce County Council members will see a completed report by Amberley Gavel Closed Meeting Investigators in their Council meeting today, August 7, 2014. The report, filed July 28, 2014 with the County, is in response to a request by Save Our Saugeen Shores and the Southampton Residents Association in May, 2013. The above citizens’ groups alleged that Bruce County mayors had regular closed and secret meetings with nuclear industry representatives without official minutes from September, 2005 to 2013, and in doing so, violated the open meetings requirements of the Ontario Municipal Act… Download the full news release
Closed-door nuclear meetings broke the law in Bruce County | August 7, 2014 | The Star.com
Closed-door meetings to talk about a proposed nuclear waste site near Kincardine broke the Municipal Act, says an official investigator… Read the full article
Closed meeting investigation report | August 7, 2014 | The Corporation of the County of Bruce
Yes, council did contravene the Municipal Act, closed meetings. The report can be found on pages 14 – 20 of the Agenda for Bruce County Council. Download the full report [.pdf]
Lake Huron nuclear dump scheme in trouble: Walkom | August 7, 2014 | The Star.com
Aboriginal communities aren’t happy with Ontario’s plans to store nuclear waste underground. And they say they have a veto…. Read the full article
SOS: The Next Challenge
Joint Review Panel Hearings to Resume on OPG’s Proposed Low- and Intermediate-Level Radioactive Waste DGR Sited for Kincardine, Ontario
While Saugeen Shores has in one sense been “saved” — the municipality was struck from the NWMO’s list of potential sites for a DGR for used nuclear fuel in January — the members of our citizens’ group, Save Our Saugeen Shores, realize the larger fight against the deep burial of nuclear waste anywhere in the Great Lakes Basin must continue. As all of you know, the risks associated with nuclear waste do not respect municipal boundaries.
Our close neighbours, the municipalities Huron-Kinloss, South Bruce and Brockton, all within the Great Lakes Basin, remain candidates for the deep geological repository for high-level nuclear waste (DGR 2).
But our immediate concern is DGR 1 (low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste) — proposed for a site less than a kilometre from Lake Huron in Kincardine, Ontario, and only about a dozen kilometres from Saugeen Shores. Currently the subject of a Joint Review Panel hearing, it is much further along the path to approval than DGR 2.
The potential dangers of DGR 2 are the same for DGR 1 and SOS remains opposed to both. Recent Joint Review Panel clarifications sought from Ontario Power Generation show the evolving plan for DGR 1 is for the repository to contain far more dangerous materials than the “mops and gloves” once described to Kincardine residents. Instead, DGR 1 will eventually house hugely radioactive refurbishing and decommissioning waste from Ontario’s aging reactors.
Therefore, our top concern this summer is preparing submissions for the Joint Review Panel hearings on DGR 1, which resume on Sept. 9 in Kincardine.
We need your support as members, volunteers and donors.
Anyone wanting to address the panel must register by June 23, and then provide a written hearing submission to the panel by July 21. Read over how to participate in the hearing or contact us by email for assistance.
Stay tuned for notice of our next members’ meeting, as well as the date of our AGM and celebration in August in Saugeen Shores.
Ready to submit your intent to participate?
Download the public hearing procedures and participation form [.pdf]
Protect Lake Huron: No Nuclear Waste on its Shores
US Petition to President Obama
“Add your voice to those of thousands of other Michigan residents demanding that President Obama exercise the United States’ international rights to keep 7 million cubic feet of nuclear waste from being buried under the shores of Lake Huron!” –Michigan State Senator Phil Pavlov
Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump
This petition against the Low and Intermediate Level Nuclear Waste Dump sited for Kincardine, ON and addressed to The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canadian Minister of the Environment, states:
“We call on you to refuse Ontario Power Generation’s application to build an underground Deep Geological Repository for radioactive nuclear waste within the Municipality of Kincardine on the shores of Lake Huron that would threaten the drinking water of 40 million Canadians and Americans. We stand with concerned citizens in opposition to the building of an underground nuclear waste dump anywhere in the Great Lakes Basin.”
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead