The Chalk River Mound and two reactor tombs would leak radioactive contaminants into the Ottawa and Winnipeg Rivers

November 5, 2020

The multinational consortium “Canadian National Energy Alliance” is proposing three substandard nuclear waste disposal projects. They are a giant above-ground mound alongside the Ottawa River at Chalk River, Ontario, for one million tons of radioactive waste and two “entombments” of old nuclear reactors beside the Ottawa and Winnipeg rivers, at Rolphton, Ontario and Pinawa, Manitoba.

The consortium was required to prepare Environmental Impact Statements for all three of its proposed disposal projects, as part of the Environmental Assessment process. Here are links to the three studies:

https://iaac-aeic.gc.ca/050/evaluations/document/119303 (Chalk River Mound aka NSDF)

https://iaac-aeic.gc.ca/050/evaluations/document/121057 (Rolphton entombment)

https://iaac-aeic.gc.ca/050/evaluations/document/120775 (Whiteshell entombment)

The EIS for the Chalk River Mound describes many ways that the mound would leak radioactive contaminants into the environment and the Ottawa River. The ways the mound would leak are summarized in this post:

https://concernedcitizens.net/2019/11/25/how-would-the-chalk-river-mound-nsdf-leak-let-us-count-some-of-the-ways/

This post describes the expected eventual disintegration of the Chalk River mound, using excerpts from the Environmental Impact Statement for the Chalk River Mound (NSDF) and supporting documents:

https://concernedcitizens.net/2020/11/04/the-proponents-own-study-shows-that-the-chalk-river-mound-will-disintegrate/

The cracking and leaking of the entombed reactors planned for Rolphton, Ontario and Pinawa, Manitoba is described in the Environmental Impact Statements and summarized in this post:

https://concernedcitizens.net/2020/11/04/proposed-reactor-tombs-would-leak-radioactive-materials-into-the-winnipeg-and-ottawa-rivers-for-millennia/

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