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Tuesday
Aug272013

Beyond Nuclear submits power point presentation to CNSC opposing Bruce DUD(s)

Beyond Nuclear's radioactive waste watchdog, Kevin Kamps, has been scheduled to testify for 30 minutes on September 23rd before the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC, 2 administrative law judges) and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA, 1 administration law judge) "Joint Review Panel" (JRP) regarding Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) for so-called "low" and "intermediate" level radioactive wastes at the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station in Kincardine, Ontario. The 9-reactor complex is located just 50 miles or so to the east of Michigan's "Thumb," across Lake Huron. The entrance tunnel to the DGR, or DUD as critics call it (after Deep Underground Dump, an apt sarcastic moniker coined by the late Dave Martin of Greenpeace Canada), would be located just a half-mile or so from the waters of Lake Huron.

Kevin has prepared and submitted a Power Point Presentation today, as required by the JRP's arbitrary deadline, nearly an entire month ahead of his oral presentation. The JRP also required Kevin's written submission to be filed on August 13th, nearly a month and a half ahead of his oral presentation.

The main idea of Kevin's analysis is that the OPG environmental assessment of cumulative effects -- from hazardous radioactivity and toxic chemicals coming from both nuclear and non-nuclear energy facilities -- is fatally flawed, and that the DUD proposal should be withdrawn.

Last week, at a town hall meeting organized in downtown Detroit by Michigan State Senator Hopgood and Michigan State Representative Roberts, Kevin said that the proposed DUD is a "declaration of war against the Great Lakes."