A Canadian advisory panel on Wednesday approved a plan to bury nuclear waste at a site just steps away from Lake Huron, saying it had concluded the project would pose no danger to the environment.
The Joint Review Panel made its recommendation in a report to Canada’s environment minister, Leona Aglukkaq, who is expected to issue a decision within 120 days.
“The Panel concludes that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects” given the measures contemplated to curb them, says the 457-page report.
Despite 152 communities voicing opposition to the project, the panel endorsed the Deep Geologic Repository (DGR), which would see nuclear waste buried some 2,000 feet underground near the shore of Lake Huron.
The panel said the project would be the first of its kind in North America.
Publicly owned OPG wants to bury 7.1 million cubic feet of waste from nuclear plants about 2,230 feet below the earth’s surface at the Bruce Power generating station near Kincardine, Ontario.