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To the Editor:

I am surprised and very disappointed that Town Council voted to defer the decision on a vote of support for OPG’s Deep Geological Repository (DGR) proposal.

After 15 years of studies and analysis in fields involving physics, geology, hydrogeology, deep mining engineering and environmental effects, after reams of information and scientific data were made available to the public, after months of hearings by the Joint Review Panel - whose expertise is recognized worldwide - led to the approval and recommendation of the proposal, some Council members seem to require more study, more information, more time before taking a stand. How much more data can possibly be required?

There is no reason for anyone not to be informed, if he/she wishes it, given the transparency of the years-long process.  

The workforce at OPG’s nuclear waste site is knowledgeable, experienced and diligent when it comes to safety. Who better to lead in this endeavour?

 I believe that the majority of Saugeen Shores’ residents support OPG’s DGR proposal. There will always be dissenters, and I’m sure that Council is very much aware that you can never please everyone.

Still, you cannot dispute the science. This is about safety, not just for us, but for future generations. It is the paramount concern. If impartial scientific experts agree that the DGR should be built sooner rather than later for the sake of security, then we need to step up to the plate and back this proposal.

Marcy Bézaire

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