A month after the Joint Review Panel decided that the best place for a Canadian nuclear waste dump is less than a mile from the shores of Lake Huron, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is calling for public comment on environmental conditions that would be imposed on Ontario Power Generation if the project gets a final go-ahead. The CEAA made the announcement on June 3.
The general public, Aboriginal groups and registered participants in the Deep Geological Review process have 90 days to comment on 14 pages of “potential conditions.” The deadline is Sept. 1.
As a result, the agency has extended the timeline for a final decision by Minister of the Environment Leona Aglukkaq on the Environmental Assessment of the dump by 90 days. The deadline is now Dec. 2.
“It is interesting that the Minister of the Environment’s decision on the nuclear waste dump is being postponed from Sept. 3 until December, which falls after the federal election in October,” said Beverly Fernandez, founder of the Canadian organization Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump.
Opponents keep up critiques
Meanwhile, opponents are keeping up the pressure.
“Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump will continue to drive awareness and opposition and will work with the increasing number of politicians and organizations in Canada and the U.S. who are committed to protecting the Great Lakes and future generations by opposing the nuclear waste dump,” said Fernandez.
Among other activities, Fernandez tracks local, state and federal governments that have opposed the nuclear waste repository on Lake Huron. As of May 19, 155 resolutions had been passed opposing the dump.
“It is important for the people of Canada and the U.S. to raise their voices loudly and clearly to help defeat this plan that city upon city and politicians are calling a dangerous and risky plan, a plan that threatens our health, our economies, our environment and our precious Great Lakes,” said Fernandez.
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