Nuclear waste burial opponents holding information events

Press release

Events in Ignace on August 14 and Dyment on August 16

Kenora District – A northern Ontario alliance of people and groups opposed to transporting and burying highly radioactive nuclear waste in Northwestern Ontario are holding information events on August 14 and 16 in downtown Ignace and at the Dyment Hall in Melgund Township.

The group has issued a public invitation to the outdoors events, which they say will be all about information sharing, conversation, and discussion of the NWMO’s project and important concerns.

“The purpose of these events is to provide independent information about the risks of nuclear waste burial and transportation, and to hear from residents in the area about their concerns, interests and expectations”, said Wendy O’Connor one of the event organizers.

Volunteers from across the region will be on hand to discuss environmental and social concerns with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s plan to construct a deep geological repository for all of Canada’s high level radioactive Waste. The NWMO is investigating a site between Ignace and Dryden as a potential site, which has raised concerns about transportation risks and impacts for residents east of the site as waste is hauled from reactors in southern Ontario and eastern Canada, and about downstream impacts on the English-Wabigoon and Turtle River-Lake of the Woods watersheds and potential harm for those living west of the site.

The information booth will be up and running in Ignace on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm on Main Street, just east of the bush plane display, and on Monday from 1 pm to 5 pm at the Dyment Hall on Highway 603 in Melgund Township.

Those wanting more information in advance about the alliance’s independent critiques of nuclear waste burial and transportation, or any interested in arranging a small meeting (following COVID-19 health directives) are encouraged visit the We the Nuclear Free North website at wethenuclearfreenorth.ca, to email nuclearfreenorth@gmail.com or to phone: 1-855-225-8055