Regarding Bruce Nuclear’s application to ship decommissioned reactors to Sweden via the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River System, there are pressing reasons for adjoining communities to just say no. The Great lakes are the source of drinking water for cities and towns with over 40 million people, including 45,000 in Cornwall. For all of us, the risk is simply too great.
As a city, we are poised to celebrate our removal from list of the “areas of concern” along this same route. We are slowing recovering from massive degradation of our river that is the legacy of our industrial past. We are entertaining great hopes for a revitalized waterfront. We don’t need to incur a new hazard instead.
We spent a summer watching the debacle of the Gulf crisis and we’re spending the Thanksgiving weekend watching the spoiling of whole villages and river systems in Hungary by a toxic spill. We’d be fools to accept assurances that nothing can happen, or, if it does, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence have the capacity to dilute harmful effects.
Currently, Canada has a policy of storing nuclear waste on-site until safe disposal processes can be developed here. Until that day, on which the work will be done in Canada by Canadian workers, with Canadian technology, let’s collectively and individually say no to this alternative. Enough already!
Elaine MacDonald – Cornwall Ontario
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