Independent Member of Parliament Bruce Hyer (Thunder Bay–Superior North) is launching a series of town hall style meetings in communities along likely transportation corridors for much of Canada’s nuclear wastes, mostly accumulated radioactive fuel bundles used to generate electricity.
“Many people won’t know it, but there is a stockpile of approximately 50,000 metric tonnes of nuclear wastes waiting to be stored in an interim or permanent nuclear waste repository,” said Hyer, a former Ontario environmental adjudicator. “Canada’s nuclear industry is getting closer to picking a permanent site for that nuclear waste, but regardless of the location that’s chosen people in a number of communities are likely to see trucks or trains loaded with nuclear waste passing near, or through, their town someday. The communities on the transportation route will bear some risk on any potential nuclear waste spill or accident, so they should have a say sooner rather than later.
“It’s one of the biggest decisions that these community residents will ever have to make. Some of the wastes have half-lives of tens of thousands of years. I feel it is my job as an MP to help to make sure that they are aware of the options and have early opportunity to learn and comment.”
The first leg of the tour, to take place in November 2012, will see public meetings held Parry Sound, Sudbury, and Sault Ste. Marie, and near the Pickering Nuclear Power Plant.
Details of the Sault stop are below. Members of the public are invited to attend and speak. Organizations will be given 15 minutes to give presentations, time permitting. There is a limited amount of display space; if your group would like to display or present, please contact the Office of Bruce Hyer, MP at (888)266-8004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, November 13, 7 to 9 pm
Essar Hall, Room M1030 Sault College