Canada is the world's largest exporter of uranium and operates nuclear reactors including on the Great Lakes. Attempts are underway to introduce nuclear power to the province of Alberta and to use nuclear reactors to power oil extraction from the tar sands.



Beyond Nuclear presents at Heartwood re: courts deferring to agencies, on unprecedented highly radioactive liquid waste shipments

Beyond Nuclear's Radioactive Waste Watchdog, Kevin Kamps, presented at the 2017 Heartwood "Strong Roots!" forest protection council on Sat., May 27th.

Kevin's talk was entitled "Head-On Collision: Chevron Deference Meets Mobile Chernobyl on Steroids." (See the power point presentation; or the PDF version.) He described the efforts by an environmental coalition, including Beyond Nuclear, to stop unprecedented high-risk, highly radioactive liquid waste truck shipments from Chalk River Nuclear Lab, Ontario, Canada to Savannah River Site, South Carolina. Terry Lodge of Toledo, Ohio has served as legal council for the coalition since 2013; he was assisted by attorney Diane Curran of Washington, D.C. at oral arguments in Jan. 2017.

However, in Feb., 2017, a federal judge deferred to the U.S. Department of Energy's supposed expertise, greenlighting the truck shipments without an environmental impact statement. The judge cited an obscure, but widely invoked, legal doctrine called "Chevron Deference" (named after a 1984 lawsuit between Chevron and Natural Resources Defense Council) as a key basis for her adverse ruling.

The shipments began in April 2017. Routing is top secret, given the security risks, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. But the most direct routes could take the 150 truck shipments, set to continue for four years, near the location of the Heartwood gathering in the mountains of western North Carolina -- as on highways such as I-81 and I-26, as through Asheville. (See map, above left, showing one such potential route; see here for a larger version of this route map). See Beyond Nuclear's Radioactive Waste Transportation website section for more information about this particular scheme, as well as similar ones.

Also presenting (see the power point, "Judicial Deference to Federal Agency Actions: In Theory and Practice") during the session was Perrin W. de Jong, an attorney who has faced adverse rulings based on the "Chevron Doctrine" himself, in lawsuits seeking to protect the tranquility of hiking and horseback riding nature trails through forested areas, against the threat of disturbance by gun shooting ranges.

Carol Polsgrove, a free lance journalist who organized the workshop sessions, compiled a bibliography, with links to documents on the subject matter. (See .docx version; see .pdf version.)


OPG's report did little to assuage their concerns about potential for catastrophic pollution of a major drinking-water source

As reported by The Globe and Mail, and posted at SOS Great Lakes.


CEAA To Issue Draft Report On Nuclear Waste DGR In Kincardine

As reported by Blackburn News, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) has announced it will issue a draft report on Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) proposed radioactive waste dump on the shore of Lake Huron, at the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station in Kincardine, Ontario, sometime this summer.

The article includes a link to OPG's response to CEAA's request for additional information.

See the email correspondence, published at the end of the article, between Saugeen Shores, Ontario redisent, and official party in opposition to the DGR (Deep Geologic Repository), John Mann, and the DGR Project Team at CEAA. Mann questions why CEAA, and the Canadian federal Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, haven't already ended the DGR proceeding by rejecting the proposal, given that the proceeding has already missed legal deadlines by many years.


Feds say OPG's analysis of other sites for nuclear waste burial superficial


CEAA demands YET MORE additional information from OPG re: DGR!

As an official intervening party to the proceeding on Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) application to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA), for a license to construct and operate a Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) for the burial and abandonment of all of Ontario's "low" and "intermediate" level radioactive wastes on the Lake Huron shoreline, Beyond Nuclear just received the transmission from CEAA, below. Why OPG is being given yet another bite at the apple, is not explained. CEAA, CNSC, and the Canadian federal Environment Minister, Catherine McKenna, should declare the DGR a failure, and cancel it for good! No more second (third, fourth, fifth, etc.) chances for such an insane, half-baked scheme that threatens the drinking water supply for 40 million people in eight states, two provinces, and a large number of Native American First Nations.

Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) Project for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste

Interested Parties

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has requested additional information from Ontario Power Generation following its technical review of the Response to the request by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. The technical review included a comment period to receive the views of the public, Indigenous groups, and expert federal departments and ran from January 18 to March 6, 2017.


The request is available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry Internet Site (Registry) at the following location:

For information on the DGR project, please visit the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry (the Registry) website at, reference number 17520. Interested Parties are encouraged to check the Registry regularly to view documents related to the additional information. All records produced, collected or submitted in respect of the environmental assessment will be considered public and posted on the registry unless they are excluded for reason of privacy, confidentiality or security.


Deep Geologic Repository Project

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor

Ottawa, ON K1A 0H3