Kebaowek chief Lance Haymond condemned the CNSC decision and calls for intervention from the federal government. (File photo)
Although the decision states that CNL will take appropriate measures to preserve the environment, health, safety of individuals and national security, as well as to comply with national obligations, it is undeniable that the safety and health of People and the environment will be profoundly affected for generations to come by this project, he reacted.
He cites in particular the risks of earthquakes, forest fires, floods and other extreme weather phenomena to justify his opposition to the project. He also recalls that more than 140 cities in Quebec and Ontario have expressed their opposition or concern about the project, including Gatineau, Montreal and Ottawa.
The Commission's decision is unacceptable, in particular because it goes against the rights of indigenous peoples and environmental protection. The Government of Canada must act quickly and declare the suspension of the project without delay, concludes Mr. Haymond.
The prefect of the MRC of Pontiac Jane Toller did not hide her dissatisfaction with the CNSC's decision. She calls the consultation “symbolic listening”, lamenting that so many groups, including indigenous peoples, have devoted so much energy to arguing their point of view in vain.
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The prefect of the MRC of Pontiac, Jane Toller, says she “hopes” that the installation will indeed be safe. (File photo)
“The federal government is fully aware of the United Nations Declaration [on the rights of indigenous peoples], according to which no storage of nuclear waste should take place on [indigenous] lands,” she insisted in an interview. .
The future will tell us if this project is safe, but we do not We can only hope for the best.
A quote from Jane Toller, prefect, MRC Pontiac
The elected official described the consultations carried out by the federal government as “a joke”. It was not a sincere consultation. It bothers me that the First Nations were not listened to, judges Ms. Toller.
She thus affirms that the main request, that of installing the structure further from the Ottawa River, was rejected by the CNSC.