Brennain Lloyd claims that Cameco neglects the need for consultation in the file of its preliminary decommissioning plan. (File photo)
They published a four-page summary, lots of photos, a very basic description of their dismantling plans for their three factories, she says.
What they are planning is to dismantle their facilities in Port Hope, and then send the material, which is radioactive, to a nuclear tomb that hasn't even been built yet. They say they are planning to build this site on the grounds of their Blind River facilities, she explains.
In addition to the proximity of this potential landfill site to the Great Lakes, Ms. Lloyd deplores that the summary does not provide for public consultations.
If the CNSC gives advance approval to this decommissioning plan and in 30 years they put this plan into action, will they tell the population who have fears that they missed their chance and that this plan was approved a long time ago, she questions.
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A Cameco spokesperson said by email that there was no timetable for 'a dismantling of the Port Hope facilities.
It is indicated that the plan which was submitted to the CCSN only aims to ensure that the company has a costed plan for disposing of nuclear waste and that taxpayers will not find themselves paying for the dismantling of the installations.
It is indicated that consultations with the population and indigenous communities will take place if dismantling is initiated.
We will determine the site of the nuclear tomb after the consultations, we can read.
It is indicated that the decommissioning plans are updated every five years.
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and the Town of Blind River did not respond to our requests for interviews.
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