Environmental groups say Canada should stop producing nuclear energy until the federal government replaces its “pathetic” waste disposal policy with something more meaningful and scientific. The groups, including the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility and the Canadian Environmental Law Association, intend to protest outside a meeting Wednesday where officials will discuss plans to decommission nuclear labs and reactors in Chalk River, Ont., and Pinawa, Man. The groups are particularly concerned about the proposal to build a surface-level disposal site at Chalk River, about two hours northwest of Ottawa, that would house a million cubic metres of waste just a kilometre from the Ottawa River, and to bury underground nuclear reactors at the sites in concrete. Neither proposal meets international guidelines for the handling of nuclear waste, they say. Indeed, Canada’s only written national policy on radioactive waste is so short it would take less than four tweets to post it on Twitter, said coalition president Gordon Edwards.
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Watchdog groups are crying foul over a 10-year licence renewal for Pickering’s nuclear station. Earlier this summer, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) approved the renewal after hearings held in June. It allows Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to continue to operate Pickering through 2024, with the removal of fuel and water to take place between 2024 and 2028. Shawn-Patrick Stensil of Greenpeace says there was little information on why CNSC granted the renewal. “The CNSC issued a decision but didn’t issue the reasons. Those will come later,” he says. The decision was welcomed by OPG.
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