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PRESS KIT for November 5

Press release for October 19, 2018

REPORT CARD on Ottawa municipal election candidates

Press Kit for August 21, 2018

Agenda and List of speakers

Press release (Eng)

Press release (Fr)

Letter to the Auditor General of Canada (Eng)

Letter to the Auditor General (Fre)

Letter from Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr to Liberal Member of parliament Francis Scarpaleggia, in which Mr. Carr admits there is no federal policy for the management of post-fission nuclear wastes other than irradiated nuclear fuel.

Press Kit for April 23, 2018

List of Speakers

Press release  (English)

Press release (français)

Letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency (English and French)

Four Page Handout from the United Nations event (Joint Declaration Pack)

 

 

Press Release March 20, 2018

Nuclear scientists, First Nations and citizens’ groups decry plan to entomb a nuclear reactor beside the Ottawa River, endangering drinking water

(Ottawa, Ontario, March 20, 2018) Retired nuclear scientists, citizens’ groups and First Nations are shocked by plans to “entomb” a defunct nuclear reactor, by covering it with cement and grout, beside the Ottawa River at Rolphton, Ontario. The site of the proposed “entombment” is upstream of Ottawa-Gatineau and Montreal, and directly across from the Province of Quebec. The so-called “Nuclear Power Demonstration (NPD) Closure Project”, advanced by a multinational consortium, was roundly criticized during a recent public comment period on the draft environmental impact statement for the project.

“NPD will remain a radiological hazard for tens of thousands of years …It is absurd to conclude that cement grout, a reinforced concrete cap above the reactor vessel, and an engineered barrier…over the building footprint will protect the public for that period of time” according to a retired senior manager from Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Dr. J. R. Walker, one of several retired nuclear scientists who submitted detailed briefs during the recent public comment period.

According to Dr. Ole Hendrickson, researcher for the group Concerned Citizens of Renfrew County and Area, “entombment” is only supposed to be used in emergencies according to the International Atomic Energy Agency.  “If approved, this project would set a very bad precedent” Hendrickson said.

First Nations raising concerns about the NPD entombment project include the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council, the Métis Nation and the Algonquins of Ontario. A review of the hydrogeology in the vicinity of the proposed site, done on contract for the Algonquin Anishinabeg First Nation Tribal Council, is highly critical of the field investigation of the surrounding fractured bedrock, calling it “rushed” and “woefully inadequate”.

“This is a crazy proposal,” according to Johanna Echlin of the Old Fort William (Quebec) Cottagers’ Association. “Proposing to abandon long-lived radioactive toxins 100 meters from a drinking water source for millions of Canadians is unbelievably irresponsible,” Echlin said. “It’s totally out of alignment with international guidance and the radioactive waste treaty that Canada signed in 1998.  These types of long-lived radioactive wastes are supposed to be kept in stable rock below the surface and away from water bodies”.

Federal agencies and the Ontario environment ministry submitted over 200 comments noting inconsistencies and missing information in the environmental impact statement. Additional concerns raised by public commenters are that the Ottawa River is a major fault line; lead, mercury, dioxins and PCBs may enter the river; the inventory of radioactive waste is deficient; and that entombing the defunct reactor will make it more costly and difficult for future generations to fix problems that may arise in the future.

The Environmental Assessment process will continue with internal discussion between the proponent and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), widely perceived to be a “captured regulator”.  A CNSC decision to approve and license the project is expected in December 2018.

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For more information:

Dr. Ole Hendrickson, 613-234-0578

Concerned Citizens of Renfrew County and Area

Johanna Echlin, 613-514-484-2814

Old Fort William Cottagers’ Association

Resources:

Nine quick facts about the NPD reactor entombment

 

Submission by Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility

Submission by Concerned Citizens of Renfrew County and Area

Submission by the Old Fort William Cottagers’ Association

Submission by the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council

Submission by Dr. J. R. Walker, retired senior manager, AECL

Submission by the Algonquins of Ontario

Consolidated Table of Federal and Provincial Comments

 

Main CEAA page and public comments on the NPD entombment

http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/details-eng.cfm?evaluation=80121

http://www.ceaaacee.gc.ca/050/documentseng.cfm?evaluation=80121&type=3

 

 

 

 

PRESS KIT January 18, 2018

Press Conference January 18, 2018 at 10:30 am in the Charles Lynch Press conference room, Parliament Hill.

NOTE: the press conference will be livestreamed on the Ottawa Riverkeeper Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ottawa.riverkeeper/

Advisory: Chalk River relicensing hearing causes concern (English) (Français)

Press release: Chalk River relicensing hearing causes concern (English) (Français)

Eighty-eight interventions for the upcoming public hearing in Pembroke, January 23-25, 2018 can be viewed on the website of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission at this link:

Highlights of concerns from other groups (English et un commentaire en français)

Message de SOO (Français)

Message de RCPR (Français)

Letter to Michael Binder, CNSC president, to be delivered by hand at 11:30 am during the Red Canoe March for Nuclear Safety (English) (Français)

Letter to Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa, to be delivered by hand at 11:45 am during the Red Canoe March for Nuclear Safety (Français) (English)

Letter to Catherine McKenna, Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, and Minister of Environment and Climate Change, to be delivered by hand at around 12:30 pm (Français) (English)

Contacts for Press Conference: 

Norm Odjick, Director General, The Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Councilnormo@anishinabenation.ca                   cell: 819-441-8975

Grand Council Chief Patrick Wedaseh Madahbee, contact: Marci Becking, Communications Officer/ Anishinabek News Managing Editor 705-497-9127 ext. 2290

Patrick Nadeau, Executive Director, Ottawa Riverkeeper  pnadeau@ottawariverkeeper.ca       cell: 514.603.4452

Lynn Jones, Concerned Citizens of Renfrew County and Area hendrickson.jones@gmail.com      cell: 613-293-6065

Réal Lalande, Stop Oléoduc Outaouais / Ralliement contre la pollution radioactive (RCPR) lalander2@videotron.ca       cell: 819-360-4610

Contacts for Red Canoe March:

Lynn Jones, Concerned Citizens of Renfrew County and Area hendrickson.jones@gmail.com      cell: 613-293-6065

Réal Lalande, Stop Oléoduc Outaouais / Ralliement contre la pollution radioactive (RCPR) lalander2@videotron.ca            cell: 819-360-4610