It’s been 1 year since the NWMO announced that 1600 acres had been aquired within our municipality for the purpose of a nuclear waste dump. I thought I felt exactly the same about it then as I do now, but, turns out I feel even more strongly opposed to the whole idea, and I have been listening and learning!
I still live on the corner of the 8th concession in South Bruce, where my parents and grandparents once lived. Our grandkids love to come for holidays, spending most of their time outside and in the bush. I take them fishing at “Doc Leahy’s bridge” and we do a lot of biking and walking on the 8th concession. I honestly can’t think of any good reason to disturb 1600 acres of beautiful countryside, with a river running through it, for a dump that will house highly radioactive nuclear waste. We can do better! The NWMO make it sound like they can tuck those radioactive bundles underground without much fuss at all. I think their goal is to convince us to feel completely comfortable with this project. It’s safe! We’ve got this! Don’t worry about a thing! Well, I will never feel comfortable with it! Is this the legacy we want to leave our kids and grandkids? An abandoned nuclear dump? A desolate wasteland? Not me!
I agree, we can’t leave it stored on the shores of Lake Huron forever, but for now it works and can be closely monitored. Why not use the billions of dollars it will take to bury this stuff to finding a use for this spent fuel and become innovative leaders for the rest of the world to follow. Once our land and water are gone, they’re gone. They just don’t make it anymore.
I don’t think a project of this magnitude should be pushed ahead without the consent of our community. I think the next step should be a date confirmed for when a community vote will take place, this is a country that practices democracy, right?
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