RECENT OVERVIEW: Six reasons to STOP the Ottawa River radioactive waste landfill (March 2021)
The multinational consortium, Canadian National Energy Alliance, plans to emplace and eventually abandon one million cubic meters of radioactive wastes in a giant mound on the side of a hill, next to a swamp, less than one kilometer from the Ottawa River at Chalk River, Ontario in unceded traditional Algonquin territory. As we and many others have stated, in comments on the environmental assessment for this misleadingly named “Near Surface” Disposal Facility, the proposed giant mound flouts international guidance, would exceed public dose limits for radiation for 100,000+ years and would contaminate the Ottawa River, Canada’s most recently designated Heritage River, which provides drinking water for millions of Canadians downstream all the way to Montreal.
The dump would be owned by the taxpayers of Canada but created and managed by the consortium which currently operates the Chalk River Laboratories and other federal nuclear facilities, under a 10-year contract negotiated by the former conservative government. PDF version of one-page fact sheet “Who owns AECL anyway?”