As the host community for Canadian Nuclear Laboratories and its proposed Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF), the town of Deep River has the “right” to expect a “timely decision” on the project following a final hearing August 10.
In a letter to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission signed by Mayor Sue D’Eon and Reeve Glenn Doncaster, the town says it “fully support(s) the needed clean-up and disposal of legacy low-level radioactive waste existing on the CRL site in the proposed NSDF.”
“As the community which has co-existed with this non-optimally stored low-level waste for decades, we look forward to the enhanced protection for the Ottawa River, for both our community and communities downstream, that the NSDF will provide.”
The letter goes on to say that the town expected a decision on the NSDF project would be made following CNSC hearings in June 2022.
Instead, the commission “as is their right” approved an extension for further consultations to take place with two Indigenous communities, the Kebaowek First Nation (KFN) and Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg (KZA).
“NSDF provides a strong solution to the risk and we submit that further delay or a ‘non-decision’ about NSDF would in fact be a decision against scientific management of existing low-level radioactive waste currently at Chalk River Laboratories,” the town says…
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