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2012-01-04 at 11:57

Schreiber moves to Stage 3 of nuclear waste site selection process

By Jeff Labine,
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Schreiber’s mayor said he isn’t prepared to have his community commit to hosting a nuclear disposal facility until they know it’s safe.

The town of Schreiber moved to Stage 3 for the Nuclear Waste Management Organization's site selection process. Schreiber city council passed the motion to move forward on Dec. 13. The NWMO will now perform feasibility studies to determine whether Schreiber’s geology meets the detailed requirements for the repository.

The billion-dollar project would provide thousands of construction jobs, as well as 300 permanent jobs for the community and surrounding area.

But Mayor Don McArthur said unless the safety of such a facility can be assured for both the environment and residents, he wouldn’t be interested in pursuing the project.

“We have to determine if this will be a safe site,” McArthur said.

“We haven’t decided if we do want this. At this point we’re investigating whether it’s feasible, whether it would be a safe proposition both for the environment and the people of Schreiber as well as Northwestern Ontario. We’re still learning more. On the economic side, it is a huge infrastructure project. “

McArthur said he felt optimistic that they would have an answer by 2013 or early 2014.

In the meantime, McArthur said they will hold open houses to keep the community informed and up-to-date on what is happening.

“Sometime in 2013 or early 2014 we’d be able to sit down as a community and make that decision if it would be something that we would want to pursue,” he said.

“Should it come up in the meantime that we’re not suitable, the question will never have to be asked.”


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cariboukid says:
The term "safe" is completely subjective.
However, the only way to ensure residents of NW. Ontario are completely safe from nuclear waste is to not store it here. Simple really.
1/4/2012 4:33:21 PM
tsb says:
Our coal plant produces "nuclear" waste in the form of concentrated thorium deposits through burning coal. This fly-ash waste from the coal plant is actually more dangerous in the immediate term than a nuclear plant. Coal power plants produce more background radiation to the surrounding area than nuclear plants because unlike nuclear plants where radiation is a clear risk, coal plants aren't designed to contain the radiation they create.

But no one knows this! The coal industry has you all blinded by its commercials featuring eagles flying in clean skies and sexy men and women "mining coal"!
1/4/2012 9:35:35 PM
nvjgu says:
It's never going to be safe. How do you think they get the stuff there.
1/4/2012 6:32:05 PM
bonzo says:
no one town can make the decision that affects the entire area, and watershed whether the arctic in ear falls or ignace or lake superior basin and great lakes in schreiber. This will affect us for so many generations we cant count that high, it will not happen.
1/4/2012 6:33:01 PM
nvjgu says:
Isn't it suppose to be clean energy. Not
1/4/2012 6:33:49 PM
moi says:
Schreiber hasn't had any/many decent paying jobs since the railroad pulled the plug on the town many years ago...of course the town council will approve of just about anything if it means alleviating any future municipal tax burden,(or unpaid residential taxes) which I'm sure will be over-the-top by the time 2013 and 14 get here...jmo.
1/4/2012 7:31:16 PM
dank says:
Maybe the U.S. should take a good look at this scheme-nuclear waste disposal facility on the shores of the largest freshwater body on the continent. It would be better to build a pipeline to supply the dry southwest with fresh water from Lake Superior before our provincial government clowns poison it for everybody! The politicians say it will be safe- TRUST ME.
1/4/2012 9:42:52 PM
tiredofit says:
You'll be able to see Schreiber from space, they'll be the glowing part of NWO.

I'm sure when done properly it is very feasible to store it in the NWO Shield, but... human error is and will always be the downfall of society. Walkerton anybody?
1/5/2012 7:13:40 AM
bonzo says:
doesnt this raise the threat significantly of terrorism? sabotage? what are they thinking? i dont have a job either , millions dont!? bury the shit where the power plant is, its already wasted.
1/5/2012 9:11:18 AM
Nitesky says:
I would think that the proximity to the largest deposit of drinking water in the world would immediately exclude Schreiber and/or transport along Hwy 17.
1/5/2012 10:11:27 AM
Delbert Grady says:
It should be stored in leaking casks in Queens Park.

That way we wont have any politicians staying in office too long.
1/5/2012 11:14:08 AM
whitecrow says:
It is absolute insanity to think that this stuff can be stored for thousands of years alongside the largest single source of fresh water in the world . It should not even be debated . Science and world experience tells us that man always screws up the planet and it will be no different with this plan . The US has been unusually quiet about this but I suspect they will have a say before too long .
The Great Lakes is a source of fresh water for millions of people on both sides of the border
1/6/2012 2:22:02 AM
whatever333 says:
The only thing we get from Southern Ontario is their garbage. If they dont benefit by it they send it our way making it look like they are doing us a favour by creating jobs. Nouthing else of concern. Keep the sh--t down there.
1/6/2012 5:41:50 AM
dying2know says:
Its understandable why your council would consider this venture. There is money up for grabs and you hate to miss out on an oppurtunity to improve life in your town. What you need to ask yourselves is, why does this company have any difficulty purchasing land to use as their own storage facility? You know why. It isn't safe material in those containers. I hope the end result is shutting down the entire nuclear energy plants and they resort to clean energy or make due with using much less.
1/6/2012 8:37:56 AM
chbaker says:
Gross. Nuclear power is the nastiest thing that humans do.

Why anyone would consider putting nuclear waste next to the biggest freshwater lake on earth is a mystery. What a bunch of evil selfish cash greedy people.

It's my lake too. I was born and raised right here next to it. Shreiber should have some respect.

I would rather see that town become a ghost town before they further destroy our beautiful lake.

I for one will forever spit when I say Schreiber's *spits* name.
1/7/2012 12:09:44 PM
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