DGR Studies for DGRs extend across the Glove 


Written for Canadian Community News by Mike Sterling

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In the past two years some people in Bruce County thought ours was the only area being studied for a DGR.  Occasionally they were told about studies in Finland, and other EU countries.

This is far from the truth as studies go on world-wide.  Here are two more.


"Two sites have been selected by Switzerland's national radioactive waste disposal cooperative Nagra for further investigation for hosting deep geological repositories.

Nagra has proposed that further investigations are carried out at the proposed siting regions of Zürich Nordost and Jura Ost in the third and final stage of Switzerland's plan for selecting sites for two repositories: one for low- and intermediate-level waste (LLW/ILW) and the other for high-level waste (HLW)."

Notice that they are calling for two sites.  This is the same as Canada's strategy.  The two DGR proposal was brought up again and again by opponents who failed to understand the different requirements.  They did not understand the process nor the safety issues involved.

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South Korea

"Korea’s nuclear authority decided on Friday to dispose of low- to intermediate-level nuclear waste starting this year in the nation’s only underground depository in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang."

"The Atomic Energy Commission, which is headed by Prime Minister Chung Hong-won and also includes five ministers and six independent nuclear experts, finalized its first low-toxicity nuclear waste disposal plan at a plenary meeting held Friday at the Seoul Government Complex in central Seoul."  (Note:  Over 129,240 200 litre barrels are in above ground storage.  The depth of burial will be about 426 feet far less than the Canadian DGR proposal)

Sources include World Nuclear News, NWMO, Saugeen Shores Council minutes and the Joint Review Panel hearing minutes.

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Tuesday, February 03, 2015