Skullduggery alleged over mayors’ ‘secret’ nuclear-waste storage meetings via ctv news

TORONTO — Municipal leaders in the Ontario region that is home to one of the world’s largest nuclear power plants are facing allegations they discussed proposed storage facilities for radioactive waste in secret because they feared damaging their electoral fortunes.

In a formal complaint to Bruce County, two activist groups also say the mayors may have violated provincial laws by failing to document and publicize years of meetings with nuclear waste officials.

Those involved say nothing untoward occurred but the Southampton Residents Association and Save our Saugeen Shores see skullduggery in the highly charged search for a permanent storage site.


“It wasn’t like we’re going to secretly have high-level waste here shortly and you’d better keep it a secret from the public.”

Bagnato did admit he didn’t want to be “knocking on doors about high-level nuclear waste” during the 2010 election, which he lost anyway.

Mike Smith, mayor of Saugeen Shores and former county warden, said the meetings were simply briefings at which they passed no motions.

He disagreed with the activists’ complaints of secrecy.

“That’s their interpretation of things,” Smith said from Southampton, near the Bruce nuclear power plant on Lake Huron.

“This information was public on websites and everywhere.”

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