THUNDER BAY – A new coalition will deliver its message of opposition to the potential disposal of nuclear waste in Northwestern Ontario through a webinar on Monday evening.
We the Nuclear Free North, which launched in April, said it recently distributed postcards to nearly 30,000 addresses raising concerns over the possibility of an underground nuclear waste depository near Ignace, about 250 kilometres west of Thunder Bay.
The group bills itself as an alliance of Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups and individuals opposed to the project. According to its website, it is allied with Environment North, Northwatch, and Citizens United for a Sustainable Planet (CUSP).
At the webinar, which takes place Monday at 7 p.m. EST, group leaders will explain why they believe nuclear waste disposal would bring unacceptable risks and field questions from participants.
Interested residents can register at the group’s website.
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization has identified the Revell Lake area, about 35 kilometres from Ignace, as a candidate site for an underground repository, and is continuing to conduct studies in the area.
NWMO is also still looking at a site in Bruce County in southern Ontario, and is expected to make a final decision on the location of the site by 2023.
We the Nuclear Free North says the project would see multiple truckloads of highly radioactive waste to its selected site "every day for at least 40 years."