DGR Keep an eye on it. 


Opinion written for Canadian Community News by Mike Sterling

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One of the great worries in the halls of power has been the existence of so many sites containing highly enriched uranium.

"In April 2010, former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama committed to returning spent Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) fuel to the U.S. as part of a broad international effort to consolidate HEU inventories in fewer locations around the world. The Government of Canada committed to returning spent HEU fuel to the United States by the end of 2018." (Source CNSC)

The purpose of the commitment is of course to reduce the number and geographic distribution of the waste sites thereby increasing security. 

How is this being done?  How is material  returned?  The answer is  to use the containers, transport means and experience gained over decades of experience that have gone through research, development and testing.

The real worry might be in activists groups trying to stop or subvert the transport in the immediate future.  Will lengthy protests take place?  Will the shipments be stopped and safety subverted?

From what we have seen over decades of experience many advocate groups want nothing more than the status quo with no reasonable solutions offered either for safe long term storage or electric power.  They reason correctly that they can stop the whole industry by putting ever slowly a cork in the bottle.  That is, stop long term storage of nuclear waste until the industry is put out of business... but then what?

Why the push to consolidate sites?  One word will do.  SAFETY.  Easier to guard and easier to move to eventual permanent sites like DGRs.  The highly enriched uranium is being returned to the owners. These shipments have been going on for a long time without any highly organized protests. 

Will the goal to meet the 2018 schedule be delayed?  I don't know.

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