Sample Municipal Resolution Opposing Nuclear Waste Transportation

WHEREAS, the Nuclear Waste Act 2002 created a Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) comprised of the major producers and owners of high level nuclear fuel waste (Ontario Power Generation, Hydro Quebec and New Brunswick Power);

and WHEREAS, the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act gave the NWMO a three-year mandate to choose between (a) "deep geological disposal in the Canadian Shield"; (b) "storage at nuclear sites"; and (c) "centralized storage, either above or below ground" with the NWMO required to make its final recommendation to the federal government by November 15, 2005.;

and WHEREAS the NWMO's May 2005 draft recommendation is a fourth option called "Adaptive Phased Management" which has as its key characteristic a "deep geological repository in suitable rock formations" and which combines all three options in a 300-year phased approach moving from storage at nuclear plants, to centralized storage, and finally to deep rock disposal;

and WHEREAS in the first phase of the NWMO plan a centralized site would be selected with rock formations allowing shallow underground storage, an underground research laboratory, and a deep geological repository and this site would therefore be in either the Canadian Shield or an area with Ordovician sedimentary rock (for example, south-western Ontario);

and WHEREAS communities in northern Ontario have previous experience with proposals to bury nuclear waste in northern Ontario, dating back to 25 years of investment by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited in the "concept" of geological disposal in the Canadian Shield of northern Ontario, which included "investigation" of rock formations in the vicinity of the communities of Massey in Northeastern Ontario and Atikokan in northwestern Ontario;

and WHEREAS high level radioactive waste (also known as irradiated or spent fuel) is the used uranium fuel from nuclear power and at the end of 2004 there were about 1.9 million fuel bundles at Canadian nuclear facilities (about 45,000 metric tonnes) and without an early nuclear phaseout, an additional 2 million fuel bundles will be produced in the remaining lifetime of already built reactors;

and WHEREAS high level radioactive waste contains over 100 different radioactive isotopes and even low doses of radiation emitted by the waste can cause cancer, birth defects and other health problems;

and WHEREAS nuclear  waste is lethal and must be strictly isolated from the environment for a million years and if the wastes leak into the environment, the radioactive elements will contaminate the soil, water and air;

and WHEREAS, [this jurisdiction] does not have adequately trained emergency response personnel or equipment to cope with a radiological disaster that could occur as a result of high-level radioactive waste transportation through [this jurisdiction];

and WHEREAS, property values are likely to fall, attraction of new business is likely to decrease, and improvement of our community may become difficult if not impossible should high-level radioactive waste be transported through [this jurisdiction];

and WHEREAS, nuclear reactors will continue to generate and store high-level nuclear waste on-site for decades into the future, and the waste shipments will take place over several decades, which will provide no relief of negative effects on communities along transportation routes for the foreseeable future;

and WHEREAS, each shipment of high-level nuclear waste through urban population centers and agricultural areas would be at risk of terrorist attack or severe accident;

and WHEREAS, we generally oppose radioactive waste transportation through [this jurisdiction];

SO BE IT RESOLVED, that [this jurisdiction] is on record as opposing any and all radioactive waste transportation near or through [this jurisdiction] bound for any centralized storage facility or geological repository;

and BE IT RESOLVED, that [this jurisdiction] supports the creation of an independent commission involving the public and all levels of government (municipal, provincial and federal) to re-examine our nation's radioactive waste management options and report to each level of government, including a body of the federal Parliament, on its findings;

And FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be forwarded to the Prime Minister, the Federal Ministers of Environment, Transportation and Natural Resources, the Premier of Ontario, the Provincial Ministers of Northern Development and Mines, Transportation and the Environment, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, and to the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities for distribution to its member municipalities.

Addresses for Copying

Prime Minister Paul Martin
House of Commons, Ottawa K1A 0A6

Minister of Natural Resources
John Efford
House of Commons, Ottawa K1A 0A6

Minister of the Environment
 Stéphane Dion
House of Commons, Ottawa K1A 0A6

Minister of Transport
Jean-C. Lapierre
House of Commons, Ottawa K1A 0A6

Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities
81 St. Brendan Street, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 1K4

Nuclear Waste Management Organization
49 Jackes Avenue, First Floor
Toronto   ON   M4T 1E2
Premier Dalton McGuinty
Room 281, Main Legislative Building
Toronto ON  M7A 1A1

Hon. Leona Dombrowsky Minister of the Environment
12th Floor, 135 St. Clair Avenue West Toronto   ON  M4V 1P5

Hon. Harinder Takhar
Minister of Transportation
3rd Floor Ferguson Block
77 Wellesley Street West
Toronto ON M7A 1Z8

Hon. Rick Bartolucci
Minister of Northern Development and Mines
Whitney Block, 5th Floor, Rm. 5630
 99 Wellesley St. West, Toronto, M7A 1W3

Box 282, North Bay   P1B 8H2