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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Update From The OPG On The DGR

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Ontario Power Generation updating councils, saying approval process continues to move along.

There is movement but it's a slow process, on the proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) from Ontario Power Generation (OPG).

The DGR, proposed to be built at the Western Waste Management site near Bruce Power, would store low and intermediate nuclear waste.

Joint Review Panel (JRP) hearings have been held on the subject and the JRP has come out in favour of the facility.

Those results have been sent to the federal Ministry of the Environment (MOE) for permission to apply for a licence to construct, but there's been no answer from the office.

Vice President of Nuclear Waste Management at OPG Lise Morton, speaking to Bruce County Council on September 6th, says they are aware a federal election next year could see changes within the MOE but the company owes an answer to the ministry no matter what government is in power or who is heading the ministry.

You may recall in 2017, federal minister asked OPG to update its analysis and to be informed of results of talks between OPG and Saugeen Ojibway nation (SON).

OPG is on record as saying they will only go forward with the DGR project with the blessing of SON.

Morton says talks with SON are ongoing and the Native community has indicated they may have an answer in a year or two.

She says OPG respects the process and is in no hurry to rush any answer.

The Manager, Corporate Relations and Communications at OPG Fred Kuntz, who spoke to Saugeen Shores council on Monday, September 10th, says without knowing how everything will play out, if there's some answer from SON in 2019 then in 2020, they would be prepared to re-submit to the Environment Ministry OPG's completed analysis, incorporating the results of the SON community process.

OPG has been presenting its third-quarter update to Kincardine, Bruce County and Saugeen Shores councils.

Similar addresses are scheduled in Huron Kinloss, September 17th and Brockton and Arran Elderslie on September 24th.

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