Facts not Fear
Deep Geological Repository in South Bruce
South Bruce DGR — Willing to Listen is comprised of local citizens (including, but not limited to, nuclear workers, farmers, small business owners, teachers, nurses, tradespeople and parents) who are committed to learning more about the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s (NWMO) proposed Deep Geological Repository (DGR) in South Bruce.
We are neither for nor against the DGR, but we feel it is imperative that the people of South Bruce make an informed decision based on facts and not fear.
This is an opportunity for our community to learn about the science behind the long-term storage of used nuclear fuel, and to ask the important questions about how the DGR will ensure safe drinking water, the economic and social benefits that could positively impact our community, and any potential impact – positive or negative – on agriculture and land values in the area.
By simply saying ‘No’ to this project and not allowing the process to continue, we are not doing our due diligence to learn as much as possible about the DGR.
We owe it to our children and grandchildren to not simply ignore the fact our generation has benefitted from low-cost, clean nuclear energy. Willing to Listen asks that you educate yourself, ask pertinent questions of the NWMO, and learn about the science of the project, allowing you to make an informed opinion.
Facts are vitally important to this discussion, while fear can tear communities apart.
We have nothing to lose by learning as much as we can about the proposed DGR, and it is our duty to future generations to consider a long-term solution now.
Like the MP, we want to ensure people and the environment – including the Great Lakes – are protected for generations to come.
The NWMO scientists, in my opinion, have made a very convincing case that the many layers of engineered and natural barriers will permanently protect the spent fuel once it’s in the repository, but building the DGR is a different matter.
A total of 230 individuals participated in the process through one or more of the engagement activities. Participants had a range of ideas on how willingness could be measured, with the majority preferring a public referendum as fair, anonymous and clear.