SON: Has Saved Lake Huron From a Nuclear Waste Dump

SON: Has Saved Lake Huron From a Nuclear Waste Dump

Postby Oscar » Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:55 am

Saugeen Ojibway Nation Has Saved Lake Huron From a Nuclear Waste Dump

[ https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/02/04 ... aste-dump/ ]

by JOYCE NELSON February 4, 2020

A major victory for Canada’s First Nations has just been won in Ontario. On January 31, the Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) overwhelmingly voted down the proposed deep geological repository (DGR) for storage of low- and intermediate-level radioactive nuclear waste next to Lake Huron. The DGR had long been proposed by Ontario Power Generation (OPG), but in 2013 OPG had committed to SON that it would not build the DGR without their support.

As Chief Lester Anoquot of the Chippewas of Saugeen First Nation told the press on January 31, “This vote was a historic milestone and momentous victory for our People. We worked for many years for our right to exercise jurisdiction in our Territory and the free, prior and informed consent of our People to be recognized.” [1]

Out of 1,232 total votes, there were 4 spoiled ballots, 170 yes votes, and 1,058 no votes, indicating that 85% of those casting ballots had said no to a DGR at Bruce Power’s nuclear generating station in Kincardine, Ont.

Dr. Gordon Edwards, a long-time nuclear critic, has advocated a “policy of Rolling Stewardship” by which the wastes would be “constantly monitored and kept in a retrievable condition [above-ground] indefinitely,” as they are now.

According to BeyondNuclear.org, the SON had been offered $150 million by OPG “in exchange for SON agreeing to ‘host’ this DGR” [2] It cannot have been easy for a small First Nation to reject this much money, so the rest of us might consider ways to thank them. After all, there are 40 million people (on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border) who obtain their drinking water from the Great Lakes.

A brief summary of the sordid history of the DGR proposal shows just how much thanks are owed the SON.

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Re: SON: Has Saved Lake Huron From a Nuclear Waste Dump

Postby Oscar » Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:34 pm

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


Interested Parties

June 26, 2020 — The Minister of Environment and Climate Change has terminated the environmental assessment of the Deep Geologic Repository for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste Project (the Project) pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. Ontario Power Generation notified the Minister that it wishes to terminate the federal environmental assessment for the Project. This letter can be viewed at the following link:

· https://iaac-aeic.gc.ca/050/evaluations/document/135184 (CIAR #3824)

Letters from the Minister of Environment and Climate Change regarding this decision have been sent to Ontario Power Generation and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and can be viewed at the following links:

· https://iaac-aeic.gc.ca/050/evaluations/document/135185 (CIAR #3825)

· https://iaac-aeic.gc.ca/050/evaluations/document/135186 (CIAR #3826)

You are receiving this message as a member of the distribution list for the environmental assessment of the DGR Project. If you would prefer not to receive emails regarding the environmental assessment, please send a message to CEAA.DGR.Project-Projet.DGR.ACEE@ceaa-acee.gc.ca.

Sincerely,

Deep Geologic Repository Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
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Re: SON: Has Saved Lake Huron From a Nuclear Waste Dump

Postby Oscar » Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:13 pm

Good news!! Deep Geologic Repository for Low & Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste STOPPED

From: <brf@stopthenucleardump.com>
Date: June 27, 2020 at 4:21:50 PM EDT

Hello Everyone,

This is a remarkable win for both present day, and future citizens of Canada and the US, and for the safety of the Great Lakes and their precious drinking water!

It was a modern day David & Goliath battle waged by courageous people and groups who stood up to fight for what is right, who spent countless hours with precious little funding, to defeat a multi billion dollar industry who came up with an incredibly flawed and dangerous plan to bury radioactive nuclear waste less than a mile from the Great Lakes.

That such a relatively small group of citizens and non profit organizations could manage to wage such a relentless, determined and fierce battle, and ultimately to WIN it, to save the Great Lakes, is true cause for celebration!

Thank you to all!

Congratulations!

Beverly Fernandez,
Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump.
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