Nuclear Waste in Northern Ontario  Past, Present - No Future!

Know Nuclear Waste
Tracking and debunking the NWMO's Burial Scheme(s) for Irradiated Spent Fuel

Nuclear Waste Watch
A Pan-Canadian Alliance to challenge the burial of nuclear wastes

Bruce Nuclear Waste Burial
OPG's Proposed Deep Geo Repository for Low  & Intermediate Level Wastes


For decades the nuclear industry has been skirting the question of what to do with the nuclear wastes they generate through the use of nuclear power by talk of "geological disposal". Their idea is to bury the highly radioactive wastes - hazardous for time periods longer than known history - deep below the surface of the earth. The problems are many. First, the risks of transferring and transporting the wastes, potentially long distances. Second, the "technology" of deep burial is unproven. Third, the radioactive hazards will long outlast any containers.

In Canada, there are three different nuclear waste burial schemes that the industry has publicly acknowledged (and there may be more). Ontario Power Generation is proposing to bury low and intermediate level radioactive wastes beneath the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station in Kincardine, on the shore of Lake Huron. The Nuclear Waste Management Organization in searching for a site to bury all of Canada's highly radioactive fuel waste and is now investigating 15 communities (reduced from 21 under investigation in 2013). And Atomic Energy of Canada Limited is proposing to bury decades-worth of research and operating waste beneath the Chalk River National Laboratory beside the Ottawa River.

Additional Links

Canadian Association of Physicans for the Environment

Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility
Canadian Environmental Law Association
Citizens Environmental Alliance of Southwestern Ontario
Committee for Future Generations - Northern Saskatchewan

Conservation Council of New Brunswick
Council of Canadians
David Suzuki Foundation
Durham Nuclear Awareness
Energy Probe
Environment North
Great Lakes United
Greenpeace Canada
Huron Grey Bruce Citizens Committee on Nuclear Waste
International Institute of Concern for Public Health
Inter-Church Uranium Committee
Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
Mouvement Verte Maurice
National Council of Women
Nuclear Ontario
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
Ontario Sustainable Energy Association
Pembina Institute
Physicians for Global Survival
Port Hope Community Health Concerns Committee
Port Hope Families Against Radiation Exposure
Resau quebecois des groupes ecologistes
Science for Peace
Sierra Club of Canada
Tritium Awareness Peterborough
United Church of Canada
Voice of Women for Peace


Saugeen Nation May Be Final Word in Nuclear Waste Storage Next to Lake Huron (December 2015)

Lots of voices have been heard about whether to dig a deep geological repository for storing low- and medium-level nuclear waste about half a mile down and less than a mile from Lake Huron. But whether a repository is constructed at that site could come down to just one voice that of the people of the Saugeen First Nation.

Japan to consider ocean disposal of nuclear waste (December 2015)

The industry ministry will consider the feasibility of burying high-level radioactive waste from nuclear power plants under the seabed, which a working panel said Dec. 11 could be a highly appropriate solution. In an interim report on disposal methods of highly contaminated materials from spent nuclear fuel, the panel said such waste could be disposed of in adjacent waters within 20 kilometers of the coastline.

Nuclear Waste Burial Sites May Become Leaky (December 2015)

Salt formations, used by the United States and Germany for storage of nuclear waste, might not be as impermeable to groundwater as once believed. Thats the worrisome conclusion of a new study published in the journal Science by University of Texas at Austin researchers, who warn that nuclear waste might leak if storage vessels fail.

News Sites
Know Nuclear Waste
News and views from communities being studied as possible nuclear waste burial sites.

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News and information from around the world on why nuclear is not the solution to our energy needs.
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