“We will not stand idle”

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The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has approved the construction of the Near Surface Disposal Facility at the Chalk River Laboratories.

But this story is far from over.

The CNSC agreed last week that the NSDF is “not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects, provided that all proposed mitigation measures are implemented.”

But at least two Algonquin communities have called on the federal government to put a stop to the NSDF, and say they are considering legal action.

In a statement released last Tuesday, the same day as the CNSC decision, Kebaowek First Nation (KFN) Chief Lance Haymond said the commission’s decision is “unacceptable, notably because it goes against the rights of Indigenous peoples and environmental protection.”

“The Canadian government must act promptly and immediately assert the suspension of the project”…

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