Review Timeline and "Additional Information" from Ontario Power Generation about Proposed Nuclear Waste Burial Plan Now Posted on Public Registry
Ontario Power Generation's "additional information" about their proposal to bury radioactive waste beside Lake Huron has been posted on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency's Public Registry. The reports are filed in response to a February 2016 letter from Minister to OPG requiring additional information from OPG prior to making a decision on the project's environmental assessment.
Registry posting CEAR # 2884 is an "Estimated Timeline for the Review of Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Response to the
Minister’s Request for Additional Information on the Deep Geologic Repository for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste Project".
Registry posting CEAR # 2883 and is OPG's required "additional information". Dated December 28th, the reports were posted in the mid-to-late afternoon of January 3rd, and include several files:
December 2016 Update/Backgrounder | In February 2016, the federal minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna directed Ontario Power Generation to carry out additional studies to support OPGs controversial plan to bury radioactive wastes beside Lake Huron. It was at least the third time around the block for one of the studies - an assessment of alternate locations - after the requirement for an evaluation of alternatives having been included in the initial guidelines for the review, then the subject of information requests from the Joint Review Panel, and then specific direction from the Joint Review Panel to produce a study of alternate locations (a requirement that extended the hearing into 2014).
OPG presented an initial outline of their intended filing in meetings with "stakeholders" on November 11th and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency on December 2nd, but have remained coy as to whether they are going follow the Minister's direction to produce a study of actual alternate locations, or are going to try once again to slide through with a generic composite description of what an alternate location could be like. As of noon December 28th the OPG reports have not been made available. The reports will be posted on the public registry.