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Update: OPG DGR Hearing to resume September 9th.
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Federal Hearing on OPG's Nuclear Waste Burial Scheme Resumes September 9th in Kincardine
The federal hearing on Ontario Power Generation's plan to bury nuclear waste beneath the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station on the eastern shore of Lake Huron resumes September 9th at 9 a.m. at the Legion in Kincardine.The hearing schedule was released August 26th, outlining eight days of presentations by Ontario Power Generation and their supporters and critics. 

On June 3, the Joint Review Panel appointed to evaluate Ontario Power Generation's proposed "Deep Geologic Repository" announced that the environmental assessment and licensing hearing on Ontario Power Generation's proposal to bury nuclear waste beside Lake Huron would restart in September  for an estimated two weeks. Those wishing to make a presentation had twenty days to register, and written submissions were required by July 21st.

The Review Panel has identified a short list of subjects to be addressed during the reconvened hearing. They are: the methodology used to determine the significance of adverse environmental effects; updates to the geoscientific verification plan; expansion plans for the DGR project; relative risk analysis of alternative means of carrying out the project; implications of revisions to the reference waste inventory; and  the applicability of recent incidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) to the safety case for the DGR project. The revised hearing procedures provide additional detail on the subjects to be addressed. Those whose written submissions were not deemed by the Panel to directly relate to one or more of the six topics were rejected, including submissions by a U.S. State Senator . 

Ontario Power Generation wants to bury 200,000 cubic metres of radioactive wastes beside Lake Huron, beneath the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station (no wait - that was last year! now they want to bury double that). A federal hearing started last September, but even after extra days were added the hearing had to be extended by a year because there were so many unanswered questions.

Now OPG is running ads in Kincardine area newspapers saying they are "ready to answer". Well, good for them. 

OPG says they are ready to answer your questions - so give them a call! Call them up at 519 368 1639, or visit the web site included in the ad: opgdgr.com and scroll waaaaaaayyyyyy down to find the email DGRINFO@OPG.COM
THIS IS NOT THE ONLY ONE  OPG'S "consultants" on the Deep Geological Repository for low and intermediate level radioactive wastes, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, are busy elsewhere with a site search of their own. The NWMO is studying 14 communities as potential burial sites for high level nuclear fuel waste, including three in Bruce County. Central Huron, in neighouring Huron County, recently decided to stay in the process, and moved on to "Step 3". An additional four communities on the North Shore of Lake Huron, four in the Lake Superior watershed and two in the Arctic watershed continue in Step 3. The Township of Nipigon, on the north shore of Lake Superior, withdrew in June.
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