First Nation appeals to PM to “abandon” NSDF

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One of the Indigenous communities that presented its concerns to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission last week is calling on the prime minister to step in and stop the Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) at Chalk River.

In a letter dated August 3, before last week’s final hearings, Kebaowek First Nation (KFN) Chief Lance Haymond calls on Justin Trudeau to “abandon the proposed installation of a Near Surface Disposal Facility on the Chalk River Laboratories site.”

“I am hopeful that your government will act responsibly and ethically in the best interest of the Indigenous peoples, the environment, and the Canadian society as a whole.”

Chief Haymond says the issue is “a matter of deep concern that demands serious consideration and immediate action from the government of Canada” as the CNSC is “inching closer” to approving a licence for the facility.

“Radioactive waste stored less than 1 km from the Kichi Sibi-Ottawa River is a risk we collectively cannot afford,” Haymond says…

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