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MINISTER DELAYS REPORT ON OPG DGR

NOW’S THE TIME TO ACT – STOP THE DGR!

Canada’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna has changed the timetable for her decision on the Deep Geological Repository (DGR) for radioactive nuclear waste. There will be no report from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency recommending or rejecting the DGR until the Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) community has completed their community-driven consultation process and OPG has incorporated those findings into a revised report to the Minister.

The Minister, the CEAA, the JRP, SON, scientists and stakeholders, including those who live in more than 200 cities in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin, have been asking OPG serious questions about the cumulative impact of this DGR for years. OPG has consistently failed to answer those questions.

Let’s face it, there are 100s of thousands of people who doubt the safety of the OPG nuclear waste dump on the shore of Lake Huron and we are all wondering the same thing – When will the Minister have enough information to stop the OPG DGR?

Like the SON, we remain totally dissatisfied with the assurances provided by OPG and CNSC about this DGR. 

We have found that:

  • there is no science to support OPG’s safety claims;
  • there has never been a DGR that has not leaked;
  • the DGR is not needed and better ways of managing nuclear waste exist that are less harmful to the environment;
  • OPG refuses to release the costs of this project to the people of Ontario and we know that Ontario will be asked to bear the real cost of construction and the costs of its failure;
  • the public hearings and the regulatory oversight of this project have been established and controlled by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission who stand to gain billions of dollars in revenue monitoring this project.

For these, and many more reasons, we continue to vigorously oppose the DGR project.

With your help we will work, during this period of delay, to share our reasons for opposition, and will ask you to continue to lobby politicians and decision makers on both sides of the border to stop the DGR.

Please send this letter, or write one of your own, and let them know that a DGR on the Great Lakes is a bad idea.    

The Great Lakes are your lakes!
What happens to them is your choice!                                       
     

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Thank You

We sincerely appreciate your interest and hope you take a few moments to learn about a grave threat that is facing those living in and around the Great Lake Basin.


Why We're Here


We’re here to fight OPG’s DGR plan that is more motivated by providing a quick solution for nuclear waste management than by concern for the safety and objections of those who will live with the consequences - forever.


Ontario Power Generation & The Great Lakes

Ontario Power Generation plans to build a nuclear waste dump on the shore of Lake Huron, the central of the five Great Lakes that provide drinking water to 40 million people. This dump would hold more than 200,000 cubic meters of low and intermediate level nuclear waste. Intermediate waste can include reactor parts that are as radioactive as the high level spent nuclear fuel and would remain dangerously radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years. If that material leaked, as it has from every other underground nuclear waste dump in the world, it could enter the Great Lakes, potentially causing unimaginable damage to the largest supply of fresh water in the world.


At Stake

Drinking water could be contaminated forever, waterways could become inaccessible, farmers could lose access to fresh water, and the entire Great Lake basin ecosystem as we know it could cease to exist.


With your help we will stop this dump. Please consider contributing.

We are committed to ending this radioactive threat to the Great Lakes by bringing this to the attention of the millions of people who love this international treasure, understand its importance as a strategic resource for both Canada and the United States and for those who rely on them to live.



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