DGR proposal for Bruce Nuclear officially dead

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 The first ever deep geological repository for spent fuel under construction in Olkiluoto, Finland.


Its officially over.  

A plan to store nuclear waste in a deep geological repository (DGR)  at the Bruce Nuclear Station in Tiverton is dead.  

We knew back in February,  the plan, which was more than 15 years in the making, was nearing extinction when First Nations said they didn't receive enough consultation and would reject the idea of storing hundreds of thousands of cubic feet of low to medium level nuclear waste more than 2,500 storeys below ground and just a little over a kilometre away from Lake Huron.  

Ontario Power Generation said in a letter to the Federal Environment Minister that they no longer wished to proceed with the $2.5 billion project. 

They've formally asked to have the application and construction licence withdrawn while all environmental assessments have been cancelled. 

Kincardine had been a willing host for the project while many environmentalists and those simply concerned with the future of the lake on both sides of the border, fought a years long battle to stop the project from moving forward. 

OPG however defended the project saying it was a safe option for storing nuclear waste. 

The project stalled several times over the years as new Environment Ministers asked for more information while they got up to speed. 

In 2015, a joint review panel gave it the thumbs up but still it didn't move forward. 

One of the final hurdles was approval from the Saugeen Ojibway Nation. 

OPG had previously said it wouldn't not move forward without their green light. 

They didn' get it. 

Earlier this year the communities of Saugeen First Nation and Chippewas of Nawash overwhelmingly rejected the proposal. 

So far OPG says they've spent about $200 million on the DGR

The company says they remain committed to discussions with local First Nations.  

Meanwhile the plan to bury high level nuclear waste near Kincardine continues. 

Several South Bruce property owners have already signed agreements with Nuclear Waste Management Organization allowing testing to see if their locations are adequate. 

Only one other possible location has been proposed - Ignane in northern Ontario. 

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