Five days, 70+ speakers for NSDF hearings


The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has released its agenda for public hearings on the controversial Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) at the Chalk River labs.

The hearings will be held over five days – May 30 to June 3 – at the Best Western Inn in Pembroke.

More than 70 delegations are scheduled to make presentations to the commission members, as well as updated presentations from staff at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories and the CNSC.

Among the speakers appearing in support of the project will be representatives from Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd, the Canadian Nuclear Association and the Canadian Nuclear Workers Council, municipalities like the town of Deep River and County of Renfrew, and individuals including former AECL president Richard Sexton and former Deep River mayor David Thompson.

Speaking against will be groups ranging from the Canadian Environmental Law Association and Concerned Citizens of Renfrew County and Area, to former NDP MPP Evelyn Gigantes, the Ottawa Raging Grannies, and the Ottawa Valley chapter of the Council of Canadians.

Also opposed are Quebec municipalities like the city of Montreal and the regional council of Pontiac County.

One full day – Thursday, June 2 – will be dedicated to Indigenous consultation and engagement….

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