Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Citizens Ask Court to Stop Burial Plot for Nuclear Waste near Lake Huron

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Citizens Ask Court to Stop Burial Plot for Nuclear Waste near Lake Huron

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Citizens ask court to stop nuke waste burial

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TORONTO - A review panel decision in favour of a plan to bury dangerous nuclear waste near Lake Huron was illegal and unreasonable, a citizen's group argues in a new Federal Court application.

In asking the court to set aside the decision, the group says the panel that approved the Ontario Power Generation proposal failed to consider Canada's international obligations, was biased, and violated the Canadian environmental rules.

"The (panel) erred in failing to require OPG to fully study accidents and malfunctions that would result in adverse effects to human health and safety and to the environment," the application by Save our Saugeen Shores states.

"(It) erred in failing to require OPG to adequately evaluate the potential for reasonably foreseeable or unplanned events, singly or in combination, to produce significant short- and long-term adverse effects on the Great Lakes Basin ecosystem, home to 40 million people and containing 20 per cent of the world's fresh water."

Approval of the billion-dollar deep geological repository near Kincardine, Ont., along with any conditions currently rests with federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, who has delayed making a decision until December -- after the fall election.

A spokeswoman with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency said it would be inappropriate for Aglukkaq to comment given the matter is before the courts but Neal Kelly, with OPG, called the action routine.

"Judicial reviews are often brought forward by opposing groups on projects like this," Kelly said.

"The joint review panel gave a very strong endorsement of OPG's proposed project."

The OPG proposal calls for permanently storing hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of so-called low and intermediate level nuclear waste in bedrock 680 metres underground near Kincardine, Ont. …

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