Thanks to diligent work by Rod McLeod, a Director of SOS Great Lakes, CTV’s famed investigative program will examine OPG’s proposed nuclear waste dump on Lake Huron. Hosted by Lloyd Robertson, the program will air this Saturday, April 1 at 7:00 PM eastern on CTV. It will be posted online for viewing Sunday morning on CTV’s W5 website.
The program will feature interviews with Jill Taylor, President of SOS Great Lakes, other opponents of the project; OPG spokespeople, Kincardine’s Mayor, U.S. politicians and independent scientists.
We urge you to watch it and share this information with your friends.
In March, 2016 the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna requested Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to provide additional information regarding the proposed Deep Geologic Repository for Low and Intermediate Level Waste in Kincardine, ON.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) is asking the public to comment on the additional information submitted by the proponent, OPG.
We urge you to write to the CEAA and help oppose the DGR project. The deadline has been extended to March 6, 2017!
Copy the letter we drafted below, fill in your name and date and submit it to the CEAA!
Click the link below for more information:
Deep Geologic Repository Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor, Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
From: [Enter Name/Address]
Date: [Enter Date]
CC: The Honourable Catherine McKenna; Prime Minister Trudeau; Honourable James Carr
Subject: The Canadian Government Needs to Stand up to OPG
Dear Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA):
It is time for the Canadian government to enforce the Environmental Assessment Act. In March of 2016, Honourable Catherine McKenna asked Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to identify specific alternate sites for the burial of nuclear waste and they have refused to do so. OPG’s proposal to construct a deep geologic repository (DGR) for radioactive nuclear waste on the shore of Lake Huron, in Kincardine, ON, should be rejected NOW.
OPG’s “Response to Information Requested from the Minister of Environment and Climate Change” submitted to the CEAA on December 18, 2016 is inadequate for the following reasons:
OPG fails, for the fifth time, to clearly identify specific feasible alternate locations with reference to actual locations for the burial of nuclear waste.
Its updated analysis of the cumulative environmental effects of the Project in light of the proposal for the DGR 2 by NWMO is inadequate and does not follow standard practice for cumulative effects analysis.
Its updated list of mitigation commitments lacks credibility.
OPG states that transporting radioactive waste by road to alternate locations in the province would have greater risk than burying it 900 metres from the shore of Lake Huron. They continue to fail to recognize that the efforts of every other country in the world have produced deep burial sites that have failed to prevent radiological waste from escaping into the surrounding environment.
OPG claims that people in Ontario have little interest in the Project despite a documented history of highly-biased public opinion research and ongoing, widespread public opposition in Canada and the U.S.
Ontario Power Generation’s repeated failure to adequately consider alternate sites for nuclear waste storage and its numerous violations of environmental laws are all the grounds the Canadian government needs to deny the Project.
"The Agenda examines how both the Canadian and U.S. governments are protecting the Great Lakes from radionuclides"
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"The Great Lakes Public Forum, occurring once every three years, provides an opportunity for the United States and Canada to discuss and receive public comments on the state of the Lakes and binational priorities for science and action; and provides an opportunity for the International Joint Commission to discuss and receive public comment on the Progress Report of the Parties." This year the event will take place in Toronto, Ontario at the Allstream Centre.
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Healing Our Waters - Great Lakes Coalition is an umbrella organization consisting of over 125 environmental, conservation, and outdoor recreation organizations; zoos, aquariums, and museums. They work hard to promote policy at the state and federal levels that supports clean, healthy Great Lakes ecosystems.
Each year, they bring together hundreds of activists, concerned citizens, and public representatives for the Great Lakes Restoration Conference, where attendees can learn about the most important issues affecting the Great Lakes Basin. This year, the event will take place in Sandusky, Ohio, September 20 – 22.
Visit their website for more information and to purchase tickets.
The Great Lakes Environmental Alliance is hosting a march and rally in Port Huron, Michigan this Saturday August 20 to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the Great Lakes and to celebrate grassroots efforts to keep our waters clean.
The President of SOS Great Lakes, Jill Taylor, will be speaking along with representatives of a number of other citizens' groups from both sides of the border, including Save Lake St. Clair, Beyond Nuclear, BikeLine5, and Michigan Clean Up Our River Banks.
Visit their website for more information, and see the event flyer below:
"The Government of Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada are reaching out to Canadians to get their views on the important issue of climate change. The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation and the Huron-Bruce Federal Liberal Association will be facilitating a town hall on climate change to inform these consultations by Environment and Climate Change Canada. The event will be held on Thursday, June 23 from 7-9 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall.
Come and hear brief presentations, then share your views on the impact of climate change, solutions you’d like to see, ideas for how we can grow the economy while also reducing emissions or promote innovation and new technologies."
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Public Notice:
Deep Geologic Repository Project — Ministerial Request for Additional Information
"February 18, 2016 — The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, today requested additional information and further studies on the environmental assessment for the proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) Project for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Wastein Kincardine, Ontario.
After considering the Joint Review Panel Environmental Assessment Report, the Minister has requestedthat the proponent, Ontario Power Generation, provide additional information on three aspects of the environmental assessment: alternate locations for the project, cumulative environmental effects of the project, and an updated list of mitigation commitments for each identified adverse effect under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012).
Ontario Power Generation has been asked to provide the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, by April 18, 2016, with a schedule for fulfilling the information request. The Minister will contact the Panel, at a future date, regarding its role in the review of the additional information and studies.
The Minister's request for information from the proponent has paused the timeline for an environmental assessment decision to be issued, as per section 54(6) of CEAA 2012. At a later date, the Minister will seek a further timeline extension from the Governor in Council."
OPG RESPONSE TO MINISTER MCKENNA - April 15, 2016