Aboriginal leaders and community members met with representatives from the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) for a session Friday at the Prince Albert Inn to learn more about a plan to potentially store [high level] nuclear waste in northern Saskatchewan.
Sessions were held in Saskatoon and Regina earlier this week to discuss the same topic. The NWMO provided the FSIN with $1 million over three years to fund the nuclear waste sessions.
While Friday’s session was open to First Nations people but closed to the media, participants spoke with the Daily Herald during a break in the day’s agenda.
Bobby Cameron, vice chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN), said the purpose of the meetings has always been the same.
“That’s to inform and educate our First Nations people on nuclear waste management, the storage and transportation,” he said. “We have nothing to hide. We invite our First Nation folks to come out and raise their concerns.”
Twenty-one communities in Saskatchewan and Ontario have expressed interest in accepting the NWMO’s plan to build a nuclear waste repository, with those in Saskatchewan currently in the first phase of step three — an 18-month to two-year process. Read More
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Canada will produce commercial quantities of medical isotopes without the controversial use of highly-enriched, weapons-grade uranium, the federal government has pledged.
The announcement follows news that Canada will ship 23,000 litres of highly-enriched uranium (HEU) liquid isotope waste to the United States, where President Barack Obama has made global civilian HEU reduction and repatriation one of his administration’s national security priorities.
Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, speaking Thursday to an Ottawa gathering of the Canadian Nuclear Association, said $25 million in additional federal funding is being awarded to three promising Canadian projects that use cyclotrons and linear accelerators in the production of life-saving technetium-99m (Tc-99m), the most widely used medical isotope in the world. Read More
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I and many others have long been opposed to the continued
use of weapons-grade uranium at Chalk River. It is gratifying
that the Government of Canada recently announced they will
be phasing out the use of Weapons Grade Uranium at Chalk
River in 2016, but even that is pushing the envelope. This
practice should have been discontinued many years ago. It
sets a terrible precedent for the entire world. Now, for example,
Iran is justifying the production of HEU (= Highly Enriched Uranium
= Weapons-Grade Uranium) on the grounds that they “need”
HEU for the production of medical isotopes. And Iran can of
course point to Canada and a few others who are doing
exactly that. Read More
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