May 07, 2015
By Kim O'Hare
A federal review panel has approved a plan by Ontario Power Generation to bury nuclear waste in the ground deep below southwestern Ontario in a shaft deeper than the CN Tower is tall.
The proposal, which was opposed by environmentalists, and several Great Lakes communities on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border, is now in the hands of the federal environment ministry.
OPG’s proposal is to bury low and intermediate-level radioactive waste from Ontario’s three nuclear plants in the so-called deep geological repository (DGR), which would be sunk into ancient rock in the shadow of the world’s largest operating nuclear plant on the Bruce Peninsula near Kincardine.
The recommendation — to give OPG a construction permit — comes after years of study and consultations, including 300 hours of public hearings into the project by the review panel that also sifted through tens of thousands of pages of documents