The deadline for comments was originally set for August 3, but the French version of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was not available until later, so the deadline is now August 16. Here is the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission‘s press release of June 16. The Executive Summary of the EIS is here. The actual documents (report – 95 MB; appendices – 56 MB) are available from here. Comments must go to Nicole Frigault, Environmental Assessment Specialist, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Telephone: 613-995-7948 or 1-800-668-5284, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On August 3, the Green Party of Quebec held an information session at the Hotel V, 585 boul. de la Gappe, Gatineau. Speakers were Drs. Ole Hendrickson and Gordon Edwards, President of Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility. Here is the live stream video of the meeting (2h49m).
Ottawa Riverkeeper has concerns about this project (March 17, 2017). And here is ORK’s submission (66 pp., 1.6 MB). It concludes that “the proposed site is not favourable”; that “the proposed technology is inadequate”; that “Dilution is not going to adequately reduce the risks associated with many of the waste products in the effluent”; that “The draft EIS is deficient when it comes to providing details for the required multi-faceted monitoring plan”; and that “the proponent has a mandate to find a quick solution for nuclear waste disposal at Chalk River Nuclear Facilities” is of concern. Appendices provide two expert reviews, by Wilf Ruland (P.Geo.; 32 pp.) and Ole Hendrickson (Ph.D., Ecology; 24 pp.)
Ottawa Public Health sent in comments, as did the City’s Planning and Public Works Departments. Ole Hendrickson immediately sent a sharp rebuttal, demanding that “you retract your ill-informed comments, and that you consult interested Ottawa residents prior to making any revised submission on this matter.”
The Greenspace Alliance’s letter finds the assessment of risks inadequate, the location too close to the Ottawa River, the technology “little more than a standard landfill” and expresses being dumbfounded at the speed at which the project is proposed to be completed.
Take action, before August 16:
The Hon. Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources – Jim.Carr@parl.gc.ca
The Hon. Dr. Jane Philpott, Minister of Health – Jane.Philpott@parl.gc.ca
The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change – Catherine.McKenna@parl.gc.ca
The Hon. Thomas Mulcair, Parliamentary Critic – Energy – Thomas.Mulcair@parl.gc.ca
The Hon. Linda Francis Duncan, Parliamentary Critic – Environment – Linda.Duncan@parl.gc.ca
The Hon. Ed Fast, Parliamentary Critic – Environment – Ed.Fast@parl.gc.ca
The Hon. Dr. Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Critic – Health – Colin.Carrie@parl.gc.ca
The Hon. Don Davies, Parliamentary Critic – Health – Don.Davies@parl.gc.ca
Sign the parliamentary e-petition:
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The petition is spearheaded by Deedee Sanderson and the Old Fort William Cottagers’ Association and Raliement Contre la Polution Radioactive have co-signed the petition. David McGuinty MP for Ottawa South is the sponsor.
Council of Canadians, Local groups oppose plan for nuclear waste site on Ottawa River, March 13, 2017
Joel Redekop, Ottawa Life Magazine, Radioactive Waste Dump on Ottawa River has Citizens Furious, March 14, 2017
Stephen Uhler, [Pembroke] Daily Observer, Opposed to CNL waste site, March 21, 2017
Derek Dunn, Arnprior Chronicle-Guide, Arnprior to hold meeting on nuclear waste facility upriver, March 28, 2017
Laurent Robillard-Cardinal & Allyson Beauregard, Bulletin d’Aylmer, Proposed nuclear disposal facility generating concern, n.d. Also in the Pontiac Journal du Pontiac, March 29, 2017
Canadian Press/Hamilton Spectator, Underground radioactive waste eyed for Chalk River, April 1, 2017
Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, Lab wants nuclear dump in Chalk River, April 7, 2017, pA6
CBC News, Ottawa Morning, Proposed radioactive waste disposal site in Chalk River raises concerns, April 20, 2017
Sean Chase, The Daily Observer, [Renfrew] County Council supports Deep River on NSDF site at Chalk River, April 27, 2017
Mylene Crete, Canadian Press, [BQ Leader Martine] Ouellet, environmentalists wary of proposed nuclear disposal plan, August 12, 2017
Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, Riverkeeper opposes Chalk River waste storage site, August 18, 2017