NH #453: Ontario Radioactive Waste Dump Rejected by Saugeen Ojibway Nation – Dr. Gordon Edwards

Radioactive waste dump in Ontario on the shores of Lake Huron was resoundingly rejected and the idea killed in a vote by members of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, on whose land the proposed deep geological repository was to be sited… less than a mile from Lake Huron.

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NOTE: Nuclear Hotseat reached out to the Saugeen Ojibway Nation for a spokesperson to be interviewed for this program, but we did not receive a response.

This Week’s Featured Interview:

  • Radioactive Waste Dump in Ontario, sited less than one mile from the shores of Lake Huron, was resoundingly rejected by a vote by the Saugeen Ojibway Nation the First Nations people, on whose sovereign land Ontario Power Generation (OPG) sought to build it. Dr. Gordon Edwards of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility fills us in on what was proposed, how and why it fell to this First Nations people to make the ultimate decision, and what happens – or doesn’t happen – now.

These are the two videos Dr. Edwards mentioned. They are from the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, APTN-TV:

Part 1: Indigenous communities courted as nuclear industry looks for place to put used fuel


Part 2: Opportunity for youth, or sacrifice zone? Community reaction to nuclear waste burial plan is mixed


Numnutz of the Week:

As if Japan’s insistence on Olympics-as-planned in the face of coronavirus was not crazy enough, now Fukushima’s governor re-insists that there’s no radioactive danger from the Torch Relay. As if we’ll believe them this time…

Action/Info Links:

  • Cascadian Uranium Film Arts Festival, April 3-5, at Alberta Abbey in Portland, Oregon.
  • Atomic Homefront – award-winning documentary about the radioactive legacy from WWII atomic bombs that contaminated North St. Louis’ Coldwater Creek and West Lake Landfill… and the awful impact on the community there. Now FREE on Youtube.
  • INDIAN POINT – register your comments with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission against Holtec’s position on decommissioning the nuclear reactors