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Public Hearing and Canadian Environmental Assessment Act

Earlier today I got the news that the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will hold a public hearing on September 29 in Ottawa. The notice can be downloaded as a PDF from the CNSC Web site. I have repeated it here in HTML for those who prefer not to download documents.

July 29, 2010
Ref. 2010-H-09
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will hold a one-day public hearing to consider the application by Bruce Power Inc. (Bruce Power) for a transport licence for the shipment of 16 steam generators by ship through the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway to Sweden for recycling in the fall of 2010, from Bruce Power’s site located in Kincardine, Ontario.
Hearing: September 29, 2010
Place: CNSC Public Hearing Room, 14th floor, 280 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Time: as set by the agenda published prior to the hearing date

The public hearing will be webcasted live on the Internet via the CNSC Web site and archived for a period of 90 days.

The Voice Mail Game

Having gotten no response from my voice mail in the general mailbox for the Ontario Power Generation (which doesn't surprise me at all...y'know that big glass building on University Avenue in Toronto, across the street from the Ledge? Yeah. that's where I left my voice mail) I phoned back. This is how today's phone calls went:

Is the Storage Fee to Blame?

Maybe we're looking at the problem transporting nuclear waste to a recycling faciilty from the wrong angle. The Green Party's economic plan says we need to "get the prices right." Megan told me today on the phone that Ontario Power Generation charges Bruce Power by volume to store its waste. After going through the recycling process Bruce Power will have less waste by volume to store...even though it's the same amount of radioactive waste. We allowed Bruce A to come back online. We knew that the steam generators would be deemed waste and moved to the Western Waste Management Facility. The storage costs must have been known. They must have been factored into all the calculations that put us in the position we're in now.

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