Stop OPG's  Nuclear Waste Dump Before It's Too Late

 

Canada’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna surprised us all on August 21, 2017  when she changed the timetable for her decision making by instructing Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to resubmit their cumulative effects analysis report.

OPG must allow the Saugeen Ojibway First Nation community to complete its community-driven decision making process and to incorporate the SON decision into the revised report. That reporting must incorporate the effect of the DGR on the physical and cultural heritage of the Saugeen Ojibway First Nation (SON).  

When will we know the timeframe involved in the new process of the Minister’s decision making?  OPG and SON have been in negotiations over this project for more than a decade. Announcement of an agreement between OPG and SON could come early, or could continue for months or years. The Minister asked that SON keep her updated every 6 months.

Meanwhile, the fate of the project and in our view the risk to the health of the 40 million people who rely on the Great Lakes for drinking water, hangs in the balance.

A few moments of your time now can prevent an environmental disaster that would last 100,000 years.

There are many more reasons why this nuclear waste dump must be stopped and much more information about this potential disaster at www.sosgreatlakes.org.

Please take a few moments to write the Minister to voice your opposition to this reckless project. 


Write to Minister McKenna

Dear Minister McKenna,
mail: ec.ministre-minister.ec@canada.ca

I’m writing to voice my opposition to Ontario Power Generation’s proposed deep geologic repository (DGR) project sited for the shore of Lake Huron, near Kincardine, Ontario.  

Water is one of our most precious resources. When every other DGR in the world has either leaked or failed to contain the highly toxic radioactive waste they were designed to isolate, why would the Government of Canada needlessly risk the health and safety of 40 million Canadians and Americans who share the Great Lakes as their source of fresh drinking water?

While the risk to our drinking water should be a sufficient reason alone for you to reject the proposal, if you need other justifications, consider that the environmental assessment process has been flawed from the start by failure to follow Canadian environmental law and accepted principles of evidence and science based decision making, in addition to bias by the regulator and lack of a social license.

Over 200 municipalities, representing millions of people living in the Great Lakes basin,  oppose this project. The Michigan state government opposes this project as do other government bodies in Canada and the United States including the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus, the National Association of Counties and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative.

I recognize that nuclear waste management is an increasingly important issue that needs to be addressed by our government, but burying radioactive waste on the shore of the largest body of fresh water in the world is not an acceptable solution.

There are NO conditions that you could put on the current proposal that would make it acceptable to me.

It’s time to say, “enough is enough” and tell OPG, NO.

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www.sosgreatlakes.org

Write to Premier Wynne

Dear Premier Wynne,
Email: premier@ontario.ca

I’m writing to voice my opposition to Ontario Power Generation’s proposed deep geologic repository (DGR) project sited for the shore of Lake Huron, near Kincardine, Ontario.  

Water is one of our most precious resources. When every other DGR in the world has either leaked or failed to contain the highly toxic radioactive waste they were designed to isolate, why would the Government of Canada needlessly risk the health and safety of 40 million Canadians and Americans who share the Great Lakes as their source of fresh drinking water?

While the risk to our drinking water should be a sufficient reason alone for you to reject the proposal, if you need other justifications, consider that the environmental assessment process has been flawed from the start by failure to follow Canadian environmental law and accepted principles of evidence and science based decision making, in addition to bias by the regulator and lack of a social license.

Over 200 municipalities, representing millions of people living in the Great Lakes basin,  oppose this project. The Michigan state government opposes this project as do other government bodies in Canada and the United States including the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus, the National Association of Counties and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative.

I recognize that nuclear waste management is an increasingly important issue that needs to be addressed by our government, but burying radioactive waste on the shore of the largest body of fresh water in the world is not an acceptable solution.

There are NO conditions that you could put on the current proposal that would make it acceptable to me.

It’s time to say, “enough is enough” and tell OPG, NO.

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www.sosgreatlakes.org

Write to Prime Minister Trudeau

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,
Email: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca

I’m writing to voice my opposition to Ontario Power Generation’s proposed deep geologic repository (DGR) project sited for the shore of Lake Huron, near Kincardine, Ontario.  

Water is one of our most precious resources. When every other DGR in the world has either leaked or failed to contain the highly toxic radioactive waste they were designed to isolate, why would the Government of Canada needlessly risk the health and safety of 40 million Canadians and Americans who share the Great Lakes as their source of fresh drinking water?

While the risk to our drinking water should be a sufficient reason alone for you to reject the proposal, if you need other justifications, consider that the environmental assessment process has been flawed from the start by failure to follow Canadian environmental law and accepted principles of evidence and science based decision making, in addition to bias by the regulator and lack of a social license.

Over 200 municipalities, representing millions of people living in the Great Lakes basin,  oppose this project. The Michigan state government opposes this project as do other government bodies in Canada and the United States including the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus, the National Association of Counties and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative.

I recognize that nuclear waste management is an increasingly important issue that needs to be addressed by our government, but burying radioactive waste on the shore of the largest body of fresh water in the world is not an acceptable solution.

There are NO conditions that you could put on the current proposal that would make it acceptable to me.

It’s time to say, “enough is enough” and tell OPG, NO.

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www.sosgreatlakes.org