Save our Saugeen Shores (SOS) submission at JRP hearing
October 2, 2013
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Jill Taylor, President of Save our Saugeen Shores (SOS), presented a submission at the Joint Review Panel (JRP) hearings currently being held in Kincardine, Ontario.
The hearings are part of a process to determine not only the possibility suitability of a proposed deep geologic repository (DGR) at the Bruce Nuclear site but also to hear the concerns of citizens of the region.
SOS was organized in Southampton (ON) in protest against the proposed DGR in 2012 and, according to Taylor's submission, SOS represents people with diverse backgrounds and cultures, varying ages and economic situations and genders.
Among the many concerns raised by SOS were:
According to SOS, " ... there was not a clear understanding on the part of all residents of Kincardine and a sampling of residents from other communities of the fact that the repository was for radioactive waste." In its submission, SOS also states that it considers that the process and results of the poll "were skewed in favour of the DGR" after a telephone poll neglected to use the words 'nuclear' or 'radioactive' in the survey question (2003). The group further contends that the poll and mail surveys " ... did not capture a significant percentage of the population, year-round or seasonal..."
"We believe the OPG justification for siting a DGR for low and intermediate-level nuclear waste in Kincardine is deeply flawed because of the following:
Taylor also expressed doubt as to the qualifications set out by Dr. Hazel Lynn, Chief Medical Officer of Grey-Bruce Health Unit and referred to Dr. Lynn as an 'on-side' expert. The JRP Chair, Dr. Stella Swanson, pointed out that SOS literature described Lynn as not an authority in the area of radiological standings and wanted clarification as to the description.
Taylor replied that Lynne is not an expert in radiological health. "She is an expert in Family Medicine," said Taylor.
The Chair pointed out credentials would be clarified at a later date in the proceedings.
Jill Taylor of Save our Saugeen Shores
"No matter how many OPG engineers stand confidently in these hearings to tell you this process will work," said Taylor, "we remind the panel ... first, they serve their masters, a government/nuclear industry alliance .... and thus it is their job to look at this scenario in a severely limited way - 'how can we make it work?' 'What can we ignore to make it work?' Second, geology is not a predictive science and models are in danger of failure .... third, the expertise in this field is not well developed."
SOS in its final recommendation asked that the JRP reject the OPG Environmental Impact Statement as inadequate.
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