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Orillia won’t oppose OPG waste plan

In Council Watch
Jan 29th, 2016
Councillor Ted Emond

By Frank Matys Orillia Today

Orillia is weighing in on a nuclear waste dump proposed for the Great Lakes Basin.

But city council stopped short of opposing the controversial plan by Ontario Power Generation, instead urging Canada’s environment minister to consider “all options” for a nuclear waste storage strategy.

“Over 30 per cent of our electricity in this province is generated by nuclear generation,” Coun. Ted Emond said. “So every one of us is contributing to this problem directly by the use of electricity.”

Environmentalist Kelly Clune urged council to join other municipalities in opposing a plan by Ontario Power Generation to construct a nuclear waste repository in Kincardine, near the shore of Lake Huron.

Toronto, Kingston and Oshawa are among more than 170 communities in Canada and the U.S. that have passed motions opposing the plan, she said.

Canada’s environment minister will make a decision on the proposal by early September, Clune said.

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