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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.

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Friday
Feb102017

WASTE: US Congress Weighs in on Canadian Great Lakes Repository Plan

A February 10, 2017 article entitled "WASTE: US Congress Weighs in on Canadian Great Lakes Repository Plan," published in Nuclear Intelligence Weekly's (NIW) Vol. 11, No. 6 by NIW reporters James Irwin in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Stephanie Cooke in Washington, D.C., U.S.A., quotes former former Ontario Power Generation (OPG) scientist and whistle-blower Dr. Frank Greening, as well as Dr. Gordon Edwards of Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility. See the full article, reposted here with permission from NIW.

Thursday
Feb092017

Public commented urgently needed by March 6 opposing OPG's DGR targeted at Great Lakes shore!

Public comments are needed by March 6 (a two-week extension from a previous deadline) re: Ontario Power Generation’s proposed radioactive waste dump (Deep Geologic Repository, DGR -- or better yet DUD, short for Deep Underground Dump!) targeted at Saugeen Ojibwe First Nation territory on the Great Lakes shore, at the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station. The proposed DUD scheme threatens the drinking water supply for 40 million people in the U.S. and Canada. (TransCanada Pipelines, infamous for its Keystone XL pipeline scheme, is a co-owner of Bruce Nuclear.)

Sample comments you can use to write your own will be posted here soon.

Comments can be sent, by the March 6 deadline, to:

Email -- CEAA.DGR.Project-Projet.DGR.ACEE@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

Snail Mail --

Deep Geologic Repository Project
Project Manager
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor, Ottawa ON  K1A 0H3
CANADA

Tuesday
Feb072017

SOS Great Lakes' analysis re: Ontario Power Generation’s Report of Findings of a Public Attitudes Poll Towards the Proposed Nuclear Waste Dump on Lake Huron

SOS Great Lakes' (also known as Save Our Saugeen Shores) executive summary of its analysis of "Ontario Power Generation's Report of Findings of a Public Attitudes Poll Towards the Proposed Nuclear Waste Dump on Lake Huron" states:

A review of sampling, methodology, and reporting of the Ontario Power Generation Report of the Deep Geologic Repository Study by the Gandalf Group shows:

  • the entire poll, from sampling, through question design, to reporting is highly irregular;
  • most questions are loaded with false or misleading assumptions designed to skew the response in favour of the DGR;
  • there is no evidence to support OPG’s claim that the majority of people are in favour of building a DGR on Lake Huron;
  • the only substantive finding supported by evidence shows most Ontarians (64%) believe the DGR poses a threat to public drinking water and to the health of the Lake.

If this study is to be believed, the data supports only one conclusion about Ontario public opinion on OPG’s proposed nuclear waste dump: it may be okay to build a DGR somewhere in Ontario, but not near Lake Huron.
These views are discussed under the above headings in this report.

SOS Great Lakes' analysis then provides additional detail.

Monday
Feb062017

Profits over people could spell nuclear disaster for Great Lakes

Friday
Feb032017

Federal judge greenlights unprecedented, high-risk, highly radioactive liquid waste truck shipments from Ontario to South Carolina

Political cartoon by Adam Zyglis, the Buffalo NewsMedia coverage:

WIBV TV, Buffalo, NY;

Le Téléjournal Ontario (in French);

Citizen-Times of Asheville, NC;

Aiken Standard;

Sierra Club's Green Life;

Augusta Chronicle;

Buffalo News;

WLOS, ABC News Channel 13 in Western North Carolina;

CHCH, Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada TV.

Press release by environmental coalition, including Beyond Nuclear, re: judge's adverse ruling, allowing unprecedented, high-risk, highly radioactive liquid waste truck shipments from Chalk River Nuclear Lab, Ontario, Canada to Savannah River Site, South Carolina, U.S.A. (See the judge's 18-page Memorandum Opinion, and 1-page Order of Dismissal, both dated Feb. 2, 2017.) Terry Lodge of Toledo, Ohio and Diane Curran of Washington, D.C. serve as the environmental coalition's legal counsel.

U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY): Higgins Announces Approval of Bill Authorizing Risk Assessment of Proposed Nuclear Waste Transport across the Peace Bridge (Feb. 1, 2017).

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