Sierra Club Canada scores nuclear victory
A public outreach campaign by Sierra Club Canada and other organizations has resulted in public hearings on Bruce Power’s planned shipment of nuclear waste to Sweden.
“There’s been a loud public outcry sparked by Bruce Power’s decision,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada. “The hearings are a first step, but we think they should trigger a full environment assessment into Bruce Power’s plans.”
Bruce Power’s original plan was part of an environmental assessment (EA) approved by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) in 2006. It approved the transport of 16 100-tonne steam generators to the Western Waste Management Facility at the Bruce Power site. Bruce Power’s new plan to ship the waste to Sweden is contrary to the approved EA and contrary to the stated policy of the Organization for Nuclear Waste Management.
“The point of an EA is to assess the environmental, health and socio-economic risks and implications. This change fundamentally alters all three aspects of the Bruce refurbishment project,” said Mr. Bennett.
The new route calls for the generators to move by truck from Kincardine to Owen Sound, ON, before being shipped through the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. Sierra Club Canada responded with a campaign asking the CNSC to account for the change in plans and conduct a new environmental assessment before allowing the changes to take place. The CNSC public hearings will take place September 29, 2010.
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