Bruce Power has withdrawn its application to the United States Department of Transportation for approval to ship 16 radioactive steam generators through the Great Lakes.
Spokesman John Peevers says the company’s shipment plan has been put on hold — it is not cancelled — and Bruce Power’s goal remains to ship the decommissioned, school bus-sized vessels to a recycling plant in Sweden.
“We remain convinced and believe that this is the right thing to do and recycling these steam generators is going to reduce our environmental footprint, but we recognize there is still questions out there and we want to make sure that everybody has a chance to have their questions answered,” he said Tuesday in an interview.
Bruce Power announced in March it would delay its shipment plan “to allow for further discussions with First Nations, Metis and others seeking additional information.”
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Politicians in Michigan are growing alarmed at Ontario’s plans to bury waste from a nuclear power plant on the shores of Lake Huron. “What fool would put nuclear waste under the Great Lakes?” one local Michigan official has asked. For its part, Ontario Power Generation has said the rock the waste would be buried in is so stable it still contains water from 450 million years ago. But that doesn’t mean it’s perfectly safe.
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UN's climate change science body says renewables supply, particularly solar power, can meet global demand
By Fiona Harvey
From The Guardian (guardian.co.uk) Monday 9 May 2011 11.13 BST
Renewable energy could account for almost 80% of the world's energy supply within four decades - but only if governments pursue the policies needed to promote green power, according to a landmark report published on Monday.... Read more »
Environmental groups commence legal proceedings against proposed shipment of radioactive waste through the Great Lakes
For Immediate Release
March 8, 2011
TORONTO – The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and Sierra Club Canada (SCC) announced today that they have jointly commenced legal proceedings in the Federal Court of Canada in relation to the controversial proposal by Bruce Power Inc. to ship radioactive waste to Sweden.
“Major policy changes in the handling of nuclear waste should not be made in an ad hoc fashion,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada. “Municipalities, First Nations, organizations and individuals all demanded to be heard on the shipping of 1,600 tonnes of nuclear waste through the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River, but their concerns were ignored.”... Read more »
By: Jeff Alan
For those following the Darlington situation, the latest e-mail from the Darlington Joint Review Panel stated that as of April 27th, 2011, “hearing participants have 20 days to submit written final comments. The deadline for the submission of written final comments to the Panel is 12 midnight (EDT) on May 17, 2011.”
The updated procedures for submitting anything can be found here: http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/document-eng.cfm?document=49510
If you're late, tough. Ontario Power Generation has 5 additional days (until May 22nd) to submit its comments after the participant deadline. Beyond that, when the Panel has all its ducks in a row, they have 90 days to submit their environmental assessment to the government.
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