City of Temiskaming Shores Passes Nuclear Waste Resolution
North Bay - Northwatch is applauding the Mayor and Council of the City of Temiskaming Shores for their unanimous passing of a resolution opposing the transportation of nuclear waste through their municipality at their August 8th council meeting. Temiskaming Shores is the second municipality in northeastern Ontario 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. North Bay passed a similar resolution in June.
Moved by Councillor Tom Wells and seconded by Councillor Brian Hughes, the resolution opposes radioactive waste transportation through the City of Temiskaming Shores, 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".
Opposition to transportation of the waste through the municipality is based on health and safety risks associated with the radioactive waste, as well as possible negative effects on property values, attraction of new business, and community improvements. The resolution also notes that the municipality 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 the City of Temiskaming Shores.
"We really appreciate the efforts of Mayor Jamie Hawken and members of Council to protect the interests of their municipality and the residents of the City of Temiskaming Shores" said Brennain Lloyd, a spokesperson with Northwatch.
"Now is the time to speak, before the federal government makes any irrevocable decisions, based on recommendations for the long term management of nuclear fuel waste that the nuclear industry will be making this November."
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 eventually bury the highly radioactive waste in rock formations.
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For More information
contact Brennain Lloyd, tel 705 497 0373 or visit www.nukewaste.ca
To contact the Mayor and/or Council telephone them at 705-672-3363 or visit www.temiskamingshores.ca