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.



65 U.S. & Canadian groups call on new Canadian Environment Minister to reject OPG's DGR!

For Immediate Release
November 19, 2015

Public Interest Groups Urge Federal Environment Minister:
Reject Nuclear Waste Dump

Ottawa – Calling the federal review report issued in May on a proposal to bury nuclear waste beside Lake Huron “deeply flawed”, sixty-five Canadian and U.S. public interest groups have sent a joint letter to the federal minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, urging her to reject Ontario Power Generation’s bid to bury radioactive wastes right beside Lake Huron.
McKenna has a deadline of December 2nd to issue a “Decision Statement” under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The previous government made drastic changes to that Act, including setting strict timelines. They also gave themselves an extension to the original deadline for responding to the hearing Panel’s May 6th report so that the decision date would fall after the October 19th federal election.
Ontario Power Generation’s proposal was to bury 200,000 cubic metres of low and intermediate level radioactive wastes produced during reactor operations deep underground in a series of underground caverns carved out of limestone. Weeks before the federal hearing began in September 2013, OPG publicly acknowledged its intention to double that amount by adding decommissioning wastes - including radioactive reactor components and contaminated building materials and rubble – through a license amendment after approval based on the initial proposal has been issued.
In May of this year a panel appointed by the former Conservative federal Minister of the Environment Peter Kent and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission in 2012 provided the Minister with its final report on the review of Ontario Power Generation’s proposed Deep Geologic Repository for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Wastes. The Joint Review Panel (JRP) recommended that the federal minister approve the proposed repository, despite the expert evidence they heard throughout the public hearings about numerous technical uncertainties, and an incomplete plan.  The review panel effectively delegated the most important parts of the assessment to bureaucrats within the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, after additional research has been done.
The proposal faces large and growing public opposition. 179 municipalities representing more than 22 million people have passed resolutions opposing OPG’s proposed waste repository. On November 5, 2015, a bipartisan group of six U.S. Senators and 26 U.S. Representatives from a number of Great Lakes states wrote to Prime Minister Trudeau urging him to block the deep geological repository. On September 26, 2015 the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus, a nonpartisan group of state and provincial lawmakers from eight U.S. states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin) and two Canadian provinces (Ontario and Quebec) passed a resolution opposing the OPG proposed nuclear waste repository or any nuclear waste repository in the Great Lakes Basin. The Great Lakes are the drinking water supply for 40 million people, in  eight U.S. states and two Canadian provinces and numerous First Nation communities.

“These wastes have to be isolated from the environment for hundreds of thousands of years; burying them in limestone right beside Lake Huron simply makes no sense”, said Kevin Kamps a radioactive waste specialist with U.S. based group Beyond Nuclear.
“Ontario Power Generation’s experts during the hearing talked about Lake Huron being large enough to dilute radioactive wastes that leaked from the repository. That a federal hearing panel would accept using the Great Lakes for the dilution of radioactive pollution as a solution to the industry’s waste management problems robs their report of any credibility.” Said Eugene Bourgois, an area resident and the closest neighbour to the proposed dump.
“The Joint Review Panel got one thing right: they named OPG’s proposed burial plan as “precedent-setting” and described it as “likely … to assist” in the push to bury high level nuclear waste. We’ve always seen this project as the nuclear industry’s trial balloon for nuclear waste burial”, said Brennain Lloyd, a spokesperson with Northwatch.
Ontario Power Generation also holds majority control in the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, an association of provincial utilities in Canada who operate nuclear reactors. The NWMO is currently investigating nine communities as potential burial sites for high level nuclear fuel waste, including 6 in northern Ontario and three in the vicinity of the Bruce nuclear site.

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For comment contact:
Brennain Lloyd                       tel. (705) 497 0373, cell (705) 493 9650
Eugene Bourgois                   tel. (519) 368-5354
Kevin Kamps                          tel. (240) 462-3216



Beyond Nuclear presents at day-long forum in Port Huron, MI in opposition to Canada's Great Lakes radioactive waste dump

Beyond Nuclear was honored to present at St. Clair County Community College's (SC4) 19th annual Global Awareness Day, focused on "The Global Legacy of Nuclear Waste." See the event flier here.

The day-long event was devoted to stopping Ontario Power Generation's proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) for radioactive waste burial at Bruce Nuclear Generating Station (NGS) in Kincardine, Ontario on the Lake Huron shore, upstream of Port Huron, MI.

Other presenters included: the keynoter, Dr. Gordon Edwards of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsiblity; sheep farmer Eugene Bourgeois (the nearest neighbor to Bruce NGS); Dr. John Sass, a geophysicist; Michael Keegan of Coalition for a Nuclear-Great Lakes; Natalia Malaydach, a SC4 student from Ukraine, on the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe; Kay Cumbow and others from the newly formed Great Lakes Environmental Alliance (GLEA); Lynn Rosales, a member of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, located across the St. Clair River from Port Huron, MI in Sarnia, ON; and others. SC4 sociology professor Kraig Archer hosted the event.

GLEA launched a letter writing campaign against the DGR. It is calling for concerned citizens to write their friends, family, etc. in other U.S. states, urging them to urge their U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators to join the Michigan congressional delegation in calling for the Obama administration to activate the U.S.-Canada International Joint Commission to undertake a comprehensive review of the DGR scheme's risks to the Great Lakes.

Contact your two U.S. Senators, and your U.S. Representative (get patched through to their offices via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121), and urge them to co-sponsor the bipartisan U.S. Senate (S.Res. 134) and House (H.Res. 194) resolutions opposing the DGR; if they already have done so, thank them; if they have not, urge them to ASAP. Likewise, urge them to co-sponsor U.S. Senate and House legislation, the "Stop Nuclear Waste by Our Lakes Act," (S. 2026) introduced by U.S. Sens. Stabenow and Peters, and U.S. Rep. Kildee (Democrats from Michigan). The "Stop Nuclear Waste by Our Lakes Act" (S. 2026) will invoke the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty, and mandate the U.S.-Canadian International Joint Commission (IJC) to undertake a comprehensive review of the DGR proposal.


32 Members of Congress urge newly elected Canadian Prime Minister to cancel DGR

As reported at the website of Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump, a bipartisan delegation of 6 U.S. Senators and 26 U.S. Representatives has written newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau to cancel Ontario Power Generation's proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) for burial of radioactive waste on the Lake Huron shore at Bruce Nuclear Generating Station in Kincardine, Ontario.

At the very least, the 32 Members of Congress request Prime Minister Trudeau to postpone the December 2, 2015 deadline now set for his newly installed Environment Minister to decide yea or nay to go forward with the DGR, until the delegation can meet with him to express its concerns.

You can help, by contacting your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators, and urging them to join this effort to protect the Great Lakes. Your congressional members can also co-sponsor legislation and a resolution, calling for U.S.-Canadian International Joint Commission comprehensive review of the DGR scheme.


New Canadian government could derail plans for nuclear waste dump near Lake Huron

The targeted location where the DGR would be built at OPG's Bruce NGS on the Lake Huron shore in Kincardine, ONAs reported by Michigan Radio and the AP, the Liberal Party's decisive election victory on Oct. 19th gives hope to opponents of Ontario Power Generation's proposed Deep Geologic Repository for burying radioactive waste on the Great Lakes shore at Bruce Nuclear Generating Station in Kincardine, Ontario (see photo, left). They hope Prime Minister Trudeau will nip the DUD in the bud (DUD, short for Deep Underground Dump, is the abbreviation coined by David Martin of Greenpeace Canada for the insane scheme).

The article quotes Beverly Fernandez of Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump:

“It is one of the most important issues of our time because this decision will affect the Great Lakes for the next 100,000 years,” says Beverly Fernandez, with Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump. “Burying radioactive nuclear waste beside the Great Lakes, the drinking water for 40 million people in two countries, defies common sense.”


Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump announces town hall meeting in Toronto

As announced on its website, Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump has called a town hall meeting in Toronto, on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. See the flier.

Featured speakers will include: Councillor Mike Layton, City of Toronto; Dr. Faisal Moola, Director General, David Suzuki Foundation; Beverly Fernandez, Spokesperson, Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump; Mayor Mike Bradley, City of Sarnia; Senator Phil Pavlov, Michigan State Senate; John Jackson, Waste Management Lecturer/Trent University; Dr. Stephanie Rutherford, Assistant Professor, Trent University (Moderator).

The town hall meeting will take place in the Council Chambers at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., near Osgoode Subway Station.

(The town hall meeting takes place about two weeks before Canadian federal parliamentary elections take place, on Monday, October 19th. Prime Minister Harper's Environment Minister, Leona Aglukkaq, postponed her final decision on the DGR until December 2nd -- likely in an attempt to take the issue off the table, in the lead up to the elections.)

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump has also announced that the grand total number of resolutions across the Great Lakes Basin against the Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) is 173; 22.6 million people live in those jurisdictions.