Our predicament posed by the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station does not occur in a vacuum. This section documents larger-scale issues that affect our local situation, such as government subsidies for nuclear energy and nuclear industry insurance and the shutting down of a nuclear safety lab. We also draw comparisons with case studies of international nuclear disasters.
To help make sense of all this, there is also a section explaining basic concepts of radiation. But you do not need to read this section in order to understand our predicament! This introduction to the basic concepts of radiation is for those of us who want to understand the roots of our dilemma.
Here is the latest news on the Nuclear Waste Site. This is a CTV News show that was filmed in April 2021. It gives Americans a quick overview of the proposed Nuclear Waste Site.
Scott MillerCTV News London Videographer
Published Wednesday, June 10, 2020 10:46AM EDTLast Updated Wednesday, June 10, 2020 5:04PM EDTVolume 90% South Bruce must wait to vote on nuclear waste NOW PLAYINGFrom CTV London's Scott Miller –
Opponents to nuclear waste proposal won't get a say on the matter, at least not anytime soon.
“Due to the medical crisis we have right now, we cannot have a referendum. Furthermore, we have to make sure that people in South Bruce are familiar with all the pros and cons, because this project is going to have a tremendous effect on our community, not only now but for generations,” he says.
The decision on where to bury Canada’s high-level nuclear waste is down to the Municipality of South Bruce, near Teeswater, and Ignace, in Northern Ontario.
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is looking for a home for 5.2 million used nuclear fuel bundles, that remain dangerously radioactive for centuries.
About 1,300 acres of land north of Teeswater has been optioned by the NWMO, as a potential site to bury the waste, forever.
Michelle Stein is a local farmer who lives directly beside the proposed site. She is leading a local group opposed to the plan.
Protect our Waterways - No Nuclear Waste presented a petition to South Bruce council with 1,500 local signatures against the project Tuesday night. They’re asking council for a community vote on the nuclear waste plan as soon as possible.
“We’re trying to let them know that it’s time for them to listen to their constituents. There’s a lot of us who are not willing to host the nuclear dump. And it’s time the community gets a vote to decide what’s going on,” Stein says.
Hundreds took part in a rolling protest of the nuclear waste plan after presenting the petition Tuesday night.
Emily Clark and Audrey Bross were a part of that protest.
“If the community votes for this, then that’s what the community votes and we’ll have to take our signs down, but before that happens, I think this should be a democratic process and the people of South Bruce should have a say,” says Clark.
“I’m not against nuclear energy. I have tons of friends and family who work at the (Bruce Power) nuclear plant. That’s not what this is about. It’s about throwing waste in the ground when it could leak into the Great Lakes,” says Bross.
But another group called Willing to Listen has also come forward, asking South Bruce council to continue in the process.
In a statement to council, the group says, “We are submitting this letter to council in support of continuing forward in this process, so we can gather more information on the site, environment evaluations, and the potential opportunities that this project bring to the area.”
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization wants to have a site picked for the underground nuclear waste facility by 2023. South Bruce Mayor, Bob Buckle says that leaves the community plenty of time to make a decision whether they’re in support of the plan or not.
“I am not in favour of the council deciding whether it comes or not, it has to come from the public. But the public has to be well informed first,” Buckle says.
Stein says an online petition in opposition of the project. has garnered over 10,000 signatures from across Canada.
LONDON | News
Scott MillerCTV News London Videographer
Published Thursday, October 15, 2020 12:30PM EDTLast Updated Thursday, October 15, 2020
TEESWATER, ONT. -- We now know exactly where a proposed underground facility to house Canada’s nuclear waste will be, if it comes to fruition.
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has secured all of the 1,500 acres of farmland they will need to permanently store over five million used nuclear fuel bundles that once powered Canada’s nuclear plants.
"This is an important milestone in South Bruce, and an expression of confidence in the project. We are thankful for the continued interest in our land access process, and know there is much more to do as we work toward assessing the potential suitability of the site,” said Dr. Mahrez Ben Belfadhel, vice-president of Site Selection at the NWMO.
Securing all the land they need, means the NWMO can start borehole drilling in the spring, to ensure the geology of the region can support the underground project that is being designed to house the radioactive waste, forever.
Similar work is underway in Ignace, the other Northern Ontario community still in the running to host the controversial project. To address community concerns, the NWMO says they’re committing to a program to compensate landowners if property values fall because of the project, if it’s built in South Bruce.
“The plans announced today recognize and address concerns which have been raised in the South Bruce community,” said South Bruce Mayor Robert Buckle. “I appreciate that the NWMO is demonstrating that they are working with the residents through this process.”
The project has divided the small, rural community of roughly 6,000 residents. Sheila Whytock is part of a local group, pushing the proposed $23-billion project forward.
“I understand all the concerns and the benefits that are possible with this, and I think we owe it to future generations to at least see what the research says before we say, yes or no,” she said.
Michelle Stein is on the other side of the debate. She says the potential benefit of thousands of construction jobs, and hundreds of operational jobs, are far outweighed by the safety concerns, and permanently labelling the area as Canada’s nuclear waste “graveyard.”
“It’s time for [South Bruce council] to start listening to their constituents because there’s lots of us that are not willing to host this nuclear dump, and it’s time the community gets a vote to decide what’s going on,” says Stein.
The NWMO plans to pick South Bruce or Ignace to house Canada’s high level nuclear waste by 2023.
Securing all the land they need, means the NWMO can start borehole drilling in the spring and they began to do the borehole drilling in April 2021.