Bruce Power scheme to ship radioactive nuclear waste a dangerous precedent
OTTAWA - Bruce Power received another "sweetheart" deal on Friday when its good friend the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) granted the company permission to ship 1,600 tonnes of radioactive nuclear waste to Sweden. The for-profit company already has a contract with the Ontario government guaranteeing it a $250 million annual profit. Now it gets to ship nuclear waste contrary to the existing policy of storing waste on-site.
"There was a five-year process conducted by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization that concluded waste should remain on-site until there is permanent disposal site in Canada. But what Bruce Power wants Bruce Power gets," said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.
The shipment to Sweden sets a dangerous precedent that will lead to thousands more tonnes of nuclear waste being shipped across Eastern Canada, hugely increasing the likelihood of a spill, accident or dangerous material getting into the hands of terrorists.
The shipment was opposed by municipalities, First Nations and hundreds of individuals who provided a mountain of testimony and evidence to the CNSC last fall.
"We did everything right. We followed the play book but the game was rigged from the beginning,” said Bennett. “We asked for an environmental assessment - denied. We asked for intervener funding - denied. We worked with individuals, municipalities and First Nations and our views - ignored. Justice for the environment - denied.”
John Bennett, Executive Director
Sierra Club Canada
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