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Some respondents discounted that there would be a significant number of jobs in the construction of a DGR at the proposed Kincardine site. Others were more optimistic and some did not answer the question, but had comments on the merits of the project.
Let's look at the possibilities:
Estimates have been given for some hundreds of jobs created for the 10-year construction period with operational jobs being less, but still significant and in the future. The construction jobs may reach 800 or more.
It is hard to understand how anyone could doubt that hundreds of workers will be employed in the 10 plus years of proposed construction.
Running the site will generate far less jobs because the site already handles vast amounts of low and intermediate waste, but they may require new jobs for new processes.
Operation is expected to last 40 to 45 years. In the distant future the jobs will be reduced and yield to shutdown experts and final closure.
Thinking about the 10 year period construction phase, jobs will be called temporary. People may not retire from them. Some of the workers will for sure not be local and will bring expertise in specific areas.
Lots of jobs at the Bruce have not been called permanent, but have lasted for many years and have had spill over effects in housing and services.
There are other spin-offs of course. Many sources mention motels, housing, rentals and services to support the project. Those are a given. It would be hard to deny those jobs.
Very few mention the high technology support that will be needed. For example hundreds, if not thousands of special parts will have to be designed and made in the local area and beyond.
Companies like Kuhl Machine in Keady will produce them. They already deal nationally and internationally with exotic parts and materials. Their work with Bruce Power and ISO - 9000 certification is a real asset.
High technology will be the norm. Computer Aided Design and CNC machining from design data are vital for these special parts that may use exotic materials.
I've worked with Kuhl for many the last 5 years, sending them electronically designs for complex part and assemblies. They are Internet Cloud ready.
One must not forget that expert visitors like geologists and mining engineers will come for short and medium stays. University professors and students will want to come too.
So, whatever the survey respondents think about the merits of the project, it is without question that good jobs will be created both permanent and temporary with spin-off in services, real estate and manufacturing.
These jobs will also require expansion of certain municipal services like any large project. The local Town Councils will have to plan for this beginning immediately.
Some say they do not want more jobs, more people, more traffic and more technology. We can respect that viewpoint.
One thing can be said. Proper planning helps. I remember Silicon Valley before jobs. They did a good job of planning in communities like Palo Alto and Menlo Park. I worked there and respected how they handled more jobs.
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014