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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

OPG, SON Reach Interim Agreement on Legacy Issues

Bruce County | by Megan Johnson  

Spokesperson for OPG says company owns legacy of Douglas Point Nuclear Generation Station

OPG says they've reached an interim agreement with Saugeen Ojibway Nation (S.O.N) regarding legacy issues. 

OPG's Manager of Corporate Relations and Communications - Bruce County, Fred Kuntz says there is a "good respectful dialogue, and we want to continue that into the future."

He says mutual understanding talks include an advisory team consisting of council members from both Chippewas of Nawash and Saugeen First Nation. "In recent years we have met with elders, working groups, knowledge keepers and youth," says Kuntz.

"It's been a real journey for all of us on the OPG side to learn more about the culture and the traditional way of life."
He says as Canadians "we" understand history better now today than ever before. "We weren't taught everything in High School... that we should have been taught, about the history of this country and who was here first and how those relationships developed,".

When the Douglas Point Nuclear Generating Station was built by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), it was operated by Ontario Hydro. Ontario Hydro later split into five companies, one of them being OPG, which generates electricity.

"We (OPG) own that legacy and it's fair to say that we acknowledge that we would do things differently in this day and age, I think we would involve S.O.N. at the beginning," he says.

The Interim Measures agreement is not about OPG’s proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) for low-and intermediate-level waste. On the DGR, OPG is required to update its cumulative effects analysis for the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change; and the analysis must be informed by the result of SON’s own community process on the DGR, a process continuing through 2019.

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