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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Kincardine Still Wants to be Host Community for OPG and Nuclear Waste

Kincardine | by John Divinski  

Council respect the decision of SON members to vote against a DGR, but are disappointed with the move

Kincardine council still considers the municipality a host community when it comes to Ontario Power Generation and the storage of nuclear waste.

With everyone being careful to state they respect the recent decision of Saugeen Ojibway Nation to vote against a deep geologic repository near Bruce Power, they are still disappointed with the move.

Councillor Laura Haight says the decision was supposed to be science-based but it went to what she calls a populis/political thing over several governments and it "annoys me to no end."

With the end of the DGR in the Kincardine area, OPG's Manager of Corporate Relations and Communications Fred Kuntz, says it ends support payments as well.

Mayor Anne Eadie says it's been about 50-years of storage of nuclear waste on a so-called interim basis and she says "It's looking now that it's going to be getting up to 80-years if the process takes as long as they (OPG) think"

Eadie says Kincardine is still the host community and more talks are needed with OPG and perhaps a new agreement is needed as well. without specifying what the new agreement would entail.

Kuntz says OPG will be looking for another DGR site hopefully somewhere in Ontario.

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