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Farmers in Canadian County oppose the stigma of nuclear waste dump plan, very like the dump threat to Eyre Peninsula

residents still have concerns about a high-level nuclear waste DGR in their community.

“The folks in South Bruce, who I would consider the key and primary stakeholders in all of this, are concerned about … health and safety, and the stigma that will be attached to” nuclear waste, Grant explawelined. These stakeholders are also worried about “the value of land and businesses in the immediate vicinity as l as along the transportations route from where the high-level nuclear waste is currently stored into the community.”

The siting process has disrupted families’ property values and farm planning and decision making.

We’ve invested 25 years into this property,” Stein said. And “people aren’t interested in moving into an area that might have all of Canada’s high-level nuclear waste.”

Change.org petition against the DGR has accumulated over 1,300 signatures as of early May, and community members have formed a group called Nuclear Tanks No Thanks to counter the NWMO’s plans

South Bruce divided over nuclear waste, Farms.com Community members clash over the site selection for a high-level nuclear waste deep geologic repository By Jackie Clark, Staff Writer Farms.com Bryon Mckee |May 12 2020  

South Bruce is an Ontario municipality that boasts “rolling hills, scenic highways and warm-hearted people,” on its website. However, over the last several months, a debate over a plan to build an underground nuclear waste facility has divided the community.

Proposals in Bruce County…….

Previously, OPG had proposed a plan to store low- and intermediate-level waste in a deep geologic repository (DGR) near Kincardine, Ont. After more than a decade of consultation, the Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) members voted not to support the DGR. OPG will honour its 2013 commitment to “not build the DGR at the Bruce site, without the support of SON,” said a Jan. 31 media release.
……………Under the federal Nuclear Fuel Waste Act, the NWMO is responsible for this waste.

……….The DGR would require about 250 acres or the surface facilities and 1,500 acres for the underground repository. ……..some  residents have not found the community engagement to be satisfactory.

After understanding that the selection process was becoming more serious and down to two communities, “we started to attend what they call information meetings. We just found that nobody had any answers to any of the questions we asked. It always seemed like, whatever questions we asked, the right person to answer them wasn’t there,” Michelle Stein, a sheep and beef farmer in South Bruce, told Farms.com.

She also attended a visioning workshop where facilitators allowed participants to write questions down. But “the main purpose of the meeting was to find out how we would spend the money that was going to be raining from heaven if we agreed to let this project come here. And (workshop organizers) also told me that nobody had any idea of where (the DGR) was actually going to be if it did come to the municipality,” Stein said.

“The next day, there was an announcement in the newspapers that (the NWMO) had purchased or optioned 1,300 acres next to my farm.”

Matthew Grant, another concerned member of the South Bruce community, is in a similar situation.

One of the farms that (the NWMO) has entered into an agreement upon is immediately adjacent to our family farm that my mom and dad still live on,” he told Farms.com. The selection process has not been entirely clear and transparent, he said.

Seeking more information, Stein “made an appointment to go in and talk to (NWMO officials) at the office,” she said. She had concerns about her farm operation. “We asked them ‘What happens if this project affects our water?’ …. (The representative’s) answer to us was that it was a really good question but (the NWMO) wasn’t at the point of being able to answer it.”

After that meeting, Stein started conducting research and attended another public information session.

“I tried to ask some questions but you weren’t allowed to ask questions. So, (the session organizers) adjourned the meeting. After that, neighbours invited a bunch of us to come to their kitchen to discuss what we should maybe do about this issue. We had about 45 people show up at their house that first day,” she said. “The response has been overwhelming.”

Some members of the South Bruce community feel as if they’ve been left out of the conversation.

There’s been land acquired and we’re down to two communities. I think that’s what’s made it very real for the residents of South Bruce and some of the surrounding communities,” Grant said.

Safety concerns……….

residents still have concerns about a high-level nuclear waste DGR in their community.

“The folks in South Bruce, who I would consider the key and primary stakeholders in all of this, are concerned about … health and safety, and the stigma that will be attached to” nuclear waste, Grant explained. These stakeholders are also worried about “the value of land and businesses in the immediate vicinity as well as along the transportation routes from where the high-level nuclear waste is currently stored into the community.”

“The water issue is probably one of the biggest,” Stein said.

She pointed to a report published by the NWMO.

“Containers for the disposal of used fuel are typically designed for a very long life. When the containers eventually fail by corrosion as a result of ground water ingress into the repository, waste constituents can migrate out of the disposal facility and enter the biosphere,” said the NWMO Background Papers 6 (Technical methods: Status of storage, disposal, and transportation containers for the management of used nuclear fuel, written by Aamir Husain and Kwansik Choi from Kinectrics Inc.). Groundwater composition is one of the factors that affects container corrosion, the Husain and Choi reported in the paper.

“Ultimately, the repository will become fully saturated and the ground water will induce local corrosion. To minimize water-related impacts, one option is to site a repository in an arid desert region,” the report said.

Given this information, “I’m very concerned that our groundwater is going to be damaged,” said Stein……..

Some community members are uncomfortable with the level of uncertainty over a long timeline. ……

Residents also worry about the associated stigma.

“We milk sheep but we also have lambs that go to market,” she said. A representative from a butcher shop in Toronto has already said, if the DGR went ahead, the shop could no longer accept the Stein family’s lambs. Consumers wouldn’t like the thought of meat coming from a nuclear waste storage region.

The siting process has disrupted families’ property values and farm planning and decision making.

We’ve invested 25 years into this property,” Stein said. And “people aren’t interested in moving into an area that might have all of Canada’s high-level nuclear waste.”

If the project goes ahead, Grant will not follow through on his plan to return to live in South Bruce.

“Our whole farm transition plan has been blown up, at least for the moment,” he said. And, “for the folks in the community, (the DGR proposal) has been such a dividing force.”……

Change.org petition against the DGR has accumulated over 1,300 signatures as of early May, and community members have formed a group called Nuclear Tanks No Thanks to counter the NWMO’s plans…….

Comments (2)

We have just moved our family here (2adults and 4children) we did not know anything about this situation until we had already bought the house. If I had known I would not have spend all my hard earned money and moved here from the city 2 hours away! Also my 9 year old child said that he bets this place is so beautiful in the summer with all the green fields and all the crops with the farms with animals and vegetables for everyone that it’s too beautiful for a nuclear waste !
Sarah Featherstone |May 12 2020
The council has made absolutely no attempt to engage with the public . Instead they have secret meetings behind closed doors and are totally supporting the waste dump. Also not allowing a vote on the proposed dgr that the mayor promised in 2016  more  ..https://m.farms.com/ag-industry-news/south-bruce-divided-over-nuclear-waste-265.aspx

 

May 14, 2020 - Posted by | General News

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