North Bay Council Passes Nuclear Waste Resolution
North Bay - North Bay City Councillors voted unanimously last night in support of a resolution opposing the transportation of nuclear waste through their municipality. North Bay is the first municipality to pass the resolution since the release of a report by a nuclear waste agency in late May recommending that nuclear fuel waste be buried, potentially in the Canadian Shield of northern Ontario.
"It's a quality of life issue", said Councillor Dave Mendicino after moving the resolution.
Seconder Mike Anthony remarked that North Bay is open for business, "but not this business".
The resolution stated Council opposes radioactive waste transportation through the City of North Bay, and supports the creation of "an independent commission involving the public and all levels of government (municipal, provincial and federal) to re-examine Canada's radioactive waste management options and report to each level of government, including a body of the federal Parliament, on its findings".
"We're very pleased with the unanimous support for this resolution", said Brennain Lloyd, a spokesperson for Northwatch. Northwatch was one of the organizations who had presented to Council at their previous meeting, briefing them on the Nuclear Waste Management Organization's recent recommendations and requesting that North Bay City Council pass a resolution expressing their opposition to the transportation of nuclear waste through their community.
"North Bay has shown some very positive leadership on this issue. We're now going to look to other municipalities across northern Ontario for similar kinds of resolutions. It's important that we speak up now, before the federal government makes any bad decisions which we'll be have to work harder to reverse some time in the future"
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) was created by Ontario Power Generation, Hydro Quebec and New Brunswick Power, the generators and owners of nuclear fuel waste. The NWMO was directed by the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act to review three "options" for the long term management of nuclear fuel waste (continued storage at the reactor site, centralized storage, or geological disposal) and report with a recommended option by November 15, 2005. In May 2005 the Nuclear Waste Management Organization released its draft recommendation, which combines centralized storage at the location where it intends to bury the highly radioactive waste with odeep rock burial, also called geological disposal.
Click here to read the North Bay Resolution (pdf)
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For More information contact
Brennain Lloyd, tel 705 397 0373 or visit www.nukewaste.ca