“Low-level” waste is a misnomer that causes a lot of confusion. “Low-level” waste is so named because it can be handled without using robots or special shielding, unlike used nuclear fuel rods which can provide a fatal dose of radiation within seconds to a person standing a few feet away.

“Low-level” radioactive waste can contain very hazardous materials. Man-made isotopes such as plutonium, neptunium, and americium have extremely long half lives. They are highly toxic and will be around for thousands of years. Yet significant quantities are destined for this facility if it gets approved.

Dr. Ole Hendrickson, CCRCA researcher

“CNL should explore the 70,000 acres of federal land adjacent to the Chalk River Labs property to find a more suitable location. With a better location, away from the river and in stable rock, we could all get behind this project and build a facility that Canada can be proud of.”

Dr. Ole Hendrickson, CCRCA