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.
From the time I saw Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth in 2006, I was convinced that climate change would be the defining issue of our generation, and I felt strongly that I, along with every other citizen, should consider what I should do to help.
Here in South Bruce, as we consider the possibility of hosting Canada’s Deep Geological Repository (DGR) for spent nuclear fuel, it’s interesting to take some lessons from the Netherlands. COVRA, the Netherlands version of Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has made nuclear waste a symbol of national pride, and in some ways, elevated it to an art form.
As the prospect of a Deep Geological Repository (DGR) for Canada’s spent nuclear fuel continues to gain momentum, the potential project is already putting South Bruce on the map internationally. Earlier this year, South Bruce Council hosted executives and government officials from Finland, where the Finnish DGR is already nearing completion. Subsequently, two delegations from our area visited Finland, to see the project in action, and talk to local citizens and stakeholders.