Friday, June 6, 2014

Nuclear Dump next to Lake Huron?

Ontario Power Generation (OPG), a corporation wholly owned by the Province of Ontario, is asking the federal government to approve its proposal to bury low and intermediate level radioactive nuclear waste under the Bruce Nuclear Power Plant site, (the largest of it's kind, 8 reactors) directly on the shore of Lake Huron, in the Municipality of Kincardine, Ontario.

Called a Deep Geological Repository, DGR or Nuclear Waste Dump, the 31 burial caverns are planned to be 680 meters below the ground carved out of limestone, and will extend to approximately 400 meters from Lake Huron.

Low level radioactive nuclear waste includes contaminated mops, rags and industrial items.  Intermediate level radioactive nuclear waste contains resins, filters, and irradiated components from within the nuclear reactors themselves. Intermediate level nuclear wastes are highly radioactive and many remain radioactive for over 100,000 years.

The Nuclear Waste Dump will be very large approximately 37 acres on the surface and twice that size underground and will accommodate very large amounts of radioactive wastes that have been generated during the operating life and refurbishment of Ontario's 20 nuclear reactors.  OPG's most recent estimate is that 200,000 cubic meters (7.1 million cubic feet) of nuclear waste in 53,000 containers will be buried in the Dump over 35-40 years.  The Dump w100 will eventually be sealed with a sand/clay mixture and concrete, and the plan is that within a decade of closure it will no longer be monitored for radioactive leaks. Ten years of pre-closure monitoring will be followed by potentially 300 years of institutional control, and then abandonment.  OPG calls the period following institutional control the "Long Term."

OPG suggests that the Nuclear Waste Dump will safely hold its radioactive contents for 100,000 years.  Is it reasonable to conclude that an unmonitored Nuclear Waste Dump will contain its radioactive contents for 100,000 years?

Article from: Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump  (sign the petition)

The Great Lakes began to form at the end of the last glacial period around 10,000 years ago, as retreating ice sheets carved basins into the land and they became filled with meltwater.  The lakes have been a major highway for transportation, migration and trade, and they are home to a large number of aquatic species.  Many invasive species have been introduced due to trade, and some threaten the region's biodiversity.

Today we have the biggest threat humans, just when you thought we couldn't sink to a lower level of species, low and behold we come up with a Nuclear Waste Dump next to the greatest fresh water on the planet.  I can't even believe I'm posting this, it's bad enough we're running Nuclear Plants next to the oceans, lakes and rivers.  We're going to pay for our stupidly long before the Planet's Climate Change gets to all of us.  Reason being is that large corporations buy their way out of destruction by offering cash, it's reported that OPG offered 35 million to locals to stay on the hush about the project.  We'll sack ourselves first, or is that sacrifice, ah hell the same thing.  You know the old saying, "money makes the world go around," what a bunch of crap!   

From space three of The Great Lakes

The Great Lakes, Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario they form the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth, containing 21% of the world's surface fresh water.


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