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Friday, February 21, 2020

Bruce County Asks Staff For Report On DGRs

Bruce County | by John Divinski  

Executive committee defers vote on motion to affirm support for Deep Geologic Repositories.

Bruce County's Executive Committee has deferred a vote on a notice of motion calling for Deep Geologic Repositories (DGR) to be built somewhere in Canada to store nuclear waste.

Staff has been directed to bring back a report on DGRs.

County councillor and South Bruce Peninsula Mayor Janice Jackson called for the deferral so more information could be collected.

Jackson says "There is an upside and downside (to DGR's) but I fear we've only been given the upside."

Had the vote gone through, Jackson would have voted against the motion, as would Brockton Mayor Chris Peabody.

He says if a vote was taken, Bruce County would appear to be endorsing DGR's in general and the proposed DGR in South Bruce for used nuclear fuel.

A decision on a nuclear fuel DGR is several years away but South Bruce is one of two communities still in the running, along with Ignace in northwestern Ontario.

Motion presenter Saugeen Shores Mayor Luke Charbonneau says his motion does not say a DGR should be built in Bruce County, but sites in Canada should be examined to store nuclear waste.

He says "I frankly don't care where it is."

The vote to defer was witnessed by a jammed council chamber made up protestors against a DGR in South Bruce, who demonstrated outside the county building prior to the start of the meeting.

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