A new study from Ontario Power Generation (OPG), detailing the environmental effects feasibility of alternate locations for OPG’s DGR project, shows that the original Kincardine plan is still the most environmentally and economically suitable spot.

The information was requested on Feb. 18, 2016, by the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna with respect to OPG’s proposal for a Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) in Kincardine, Ontario.

The report that was submitted to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency includes a study of two alternate locations, along with the incremental costs and risks associated with the off-site transportation.

The studies show that relocating the DGR to an alternate location would result in increased environmental effects and significant incremental costs, with no assurance of increased safety to workers and the public, or protection of the environment.

Based on the findings, OPG maintains that a DGR is the right answer for its low- and intermediate-level waste, and that the current proposed Bruce nuclear site is the right location.

An independent federal Joint Review Panel recommended in 2015 that OPG’s project move ahead “now rather than later,” based on a strong safety case and to reduce risks to the environment. For more on the DGR and the information submitted, please visit the DGR website. OPG generates safe, clean, reliable, low-cost power for Ontario. More than 99 per cent of this power is free of smog and greenhouse gas emissions.

Water Canada published a feature on the technicals studies and potential risk to water quality in Lake Huron in the January 2015 edition.

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