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Beverly Fernandez, Spokesperson Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump addresses Joint Review Panel at DGR public hearings

September 10, 2014

Oral Testimony of Beverly FernandezPDF Version

Webcast of Oral Testimony of Beverly Fernandez. Listen starting at 1:24

AM980 London: The Pulse with Devon Peacock with guest Beverly Fernandez

August 28, 2014

Listen from 1:33 to 21:30




Beverly Fernandez, Spokesperson Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump speaking at Michigan Senator Phil Pavlov Town Hall in Port Huron. Listen starting at 12:40

July 29, 2014

STOP THE GREAT LAKES NUCLEAR DUMP SUBMISSION TO JOINT REVIEW PANEL
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Submission to the Joint Review Panel Concerning OPG's Proposed DGR on the Shores of Lake Huron in the Municipality of Kincardine, CEAA Registry Reference No.06-5-17520 - July 21, 2014

Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Inc. (STGLND) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is supported by ever increasing numbers of Canadians and Americans. STGLND filed its submission to the Joint Review Panel on July 21, 2014 for re-opening public hearings.

To read the submission  PDF Version


Scott Miller - CTV London News - June 4, 2014

More hearings on nuclear waste burial coming this fall - Beverly Fernandez interviewed

http://london.ctvnews.ca/more-hearings-on-nuclear-waste-burial-coming-this-fall-1.1851696

Scott Miller - CTV London News - May 21, 2014

Michigan lawmakers step up fight against nuke dump - Beverly Fernandez interviewed

http://london.ctvnews.ca/michigan-lawmakers-step-up-fight-against-nuke-dump-1.1831348

The Agenda with Steve Paikin - The Inside Agenda Blog

April 17, 2014 Another Look at the Deep Geologic Repository Plan - Beverly Fernandez Interviewed by Agenda Producer Hilary Clark.

http://bit.ly/RsMyoC

CBC "The World at 6"

March 26, 2014 Report by World Affairs Correspondent Rick Macinness-Rae - Beverly Fernandez Interviewed. Listen starting at 15:45

http://podcast.cbc.ca/w6/worldatsix.mp3

Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee expresses concerns about Kincardine nuclear waste repository.

Recent Nuclear Radiation Spill is Reason for Concern Regarding Proposed Ontario Nuclear Waste Site near Great LakesPDF Version

Press Release: Michigan State Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood, State Representative Sarah Roberts and Frank Ettawageshik, Executive Director for United Tribes of Michigan: February 26, 2014

United Tribes of Michigan Joins in Resistance to DGRPDF Version


NATIONAL TV COVERAGE: Todd van der Heyden - CTV News Channel - 11/27/2013 Proposed Nuclear Waste Site - Beverly Fernandez Interviewed

http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1050764&binId=1.810401&playlistPageNum=1

Don't bury nuclear waste near our water supply: panel

London Public Meeting: November 20, 2013 by Sean Meyer http://m.londoncommunitynews.com/news-story/4227789-don-t-bury-nuclear-waste-near-our-water-supply-panel/


Tara Overholt - CTV London News - 11/20/2013 Shedding Light on OPG Nuclear Waste Burial Plans London Public Meeting

http://london.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1047543

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City of Toronto Joins Call to Stop Proposed Nuclear Waste Dump beside the Great Lakes

TORONTO, ONTARIO November 14, 2013—A growing number of communities, organizations and citizens are opposing Ontario Power Generation's plan to build an underground nuclear waste dump (a Deep Geological Repository) approximately 1km from the shore of Lake Huron. Public hearings on the matter were closed on October 30, 2013 by a Joint Review Panel and a Federal government decision is expected in 2014.

Today the City of Toronto unanimously passed Councillor Mike Layton's motion for a resolution opposing OPG's proposed nuclear waste repository. Toronto joins Mississauga, Oakville, London, Hamilton and many others organizations, citizens and communities in Ontario, Michigan and Ohio in formally opposing OPG's plan. 'It is vitally important to human health, the environment and to the Great Lakes economy that the Great Lakes be protected from the threats of any potential radioactive contamination' said Councillor Layton, the initiator of the motion. The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, an organization of over 100 Canadian and American cities, including Toronto, is formally opposing OPG's plan. 'Today the City of Toronto took action to protect the drinking water of our citizens as well as the 40 million people living in the Great Lakes region. We would strongly encourage OPG to explore alternative sites outside of the Great Lakes Basin' said Councillor Crawford.

Michigan State Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood and Representative Sarah Roberts, who are rallying the public and Michigan politicians to oppose the nuclear dump, note 'Placing a permanent nuclear waste burial facility so close to Lake Huron is ill-advised. If a radioactive leak were to occur, it could be devastating to our economies and to our valuable drinking water sources.'

U.S. Congressmen Dan Kildee, Sander Levin, Gary Peters and John Dingell have written a letter to the Joint Review Panel expressing serious concern. U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow also have urged US Secretary of State John Kerry to 'encourage the Canadian government to reconsider placing a nuclear waste dump near the shores of Lake Huron.'

'We are delighted that Canada's largest city is showing leadership and taking action to protect this irreplaceable fresh water resource' said Beverly Fernandez, Spokesperson of Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump, a non-profit citizens group that launched a campaign to raise awareness about OPG's plan and a petition that now has almost 42,000 signatures opposing OPG's proposal. 'It absolutely defies common sense to bury the most toxic waste humans have ever produced, that remains lethal and dangerous for 100,000 years, approximately 1 km from the drinking water of 40 million people in two countries,' Fernandez said.

Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump is a non-profit organization comprised of concerned Canadians who believe that the protection of the Great Lakes from buried radioactive nuclear waste is responsible stewardship, and is of national and international importance. In order to protect our precious natural resource, the Great Lakes, our group believes that radioactive nuclear waste should not be buried anywhere in the Great Lakes Basin. We are urging citizens to sign our online petition and to send a message to the Minister of the Environment to stand up for the protection of the Great Lakes.

To learn more please visit:
http://stopthegreatlakesnucleardump.com

To sign the online petition:
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/stopthegreatlakesnucleardump.html

For more information, please contact:

Toronto City Councillor, Mike Layton councillor_layton@toronto.ca Tel: 416-392-4009

Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Spokesperson, Beverly Fernandez info@stopthegreatlakesnucleardump.com Tel: 519-385-0602



AM980 London: The Pulse with Devon Peacock with guest Beverly Fernandez

November 13, 2013

Listen starting at 20:33



Radiation Underground: The Lake Huron Threat - Beverly Fernandez Interviewed

ABC12 News Report: November 6, 2013 by Larry Elliot http://www.abc12.com/story/23895528/abc12-investigates-plan-to-bury-nuclear-waste


Michigan State Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood public affairs broadcast with guests Rep. Sarah Roberts and Kevin Kamps

November 1, 2013

DEBATING NUCLEAR WASTE STORAGE NEAR THE GREAT LAKES - BEVERLY FERNANDEZ INTERVIEW

DurhamRegion.com Thursday, October 31, 2013 by Keith Gilligan http://www.durhamregion.com/news-story/4182488-debating-nuclear-waste-storage-near-the-great-lakes/


CONGRESSMAN DAN KILDEE: ONTARIO NUCLEAR WASTE SITE NEAR GREAT LAKES POTENTIALLY THREATENS BOTH U.S. AND CANADA'S ECONOMY, WATER RESOURCES

Press Release Wednesday, October 30, 2013 http://dankildee.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-dan-kildee-ontario-nuclear-waste-site-near-great-lakes


OPG NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY ISSUE RECEIVES U.S. NATIONAL PRESS COVERAGE

USA Today - Reprint of Detroit Free Press article Sunday, October 27, 2013 by Keith Matheny http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/27/fears-surface-over-lake-huron-nuke-dump-proposal/3265423/


Michigan State Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood addresses Joint Review Panel at DGR public hearings on Sep 30, 2013.

Oral Testimony of Senator Hopgood and Letters of Opposition from Michigan organizationsPDF Version


Michigan State Representative Sarah Roberts addresses Joint Review Panel at DGR public hearings on Sep 30, 2013.

Oral Testimony of Representative RobertsPDF Version


Beverly Fernandez, Spokesperson Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump addresses Joint Review Panel at DGR public hearings

September 21, 2013

Oral Testimony of Beverly FernandezPDF Version

Webcast of Oral Testimony of Beverly Fernandez

PRESS RELEASE
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Dr. David Suzuki Sides with Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump in Opposing Ontario Power Generation Proposed Nuclear Waste Repository

TORONTO, ONTARIO September 17, 2013—As the public hearings concerning Ontario Power Generation's proposed nuclear waste repository kicked off in Kincardine Ontario, Dr. David Suzuki has thrown his support behind the Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump citizens group in voicing his opposition to OPG's plan to bury radioactive nuclear waste on the shore of Lake Huron.

Dr. David Suzuki, an award-winning scientist, environmentalist, broadcaster, Companion of the Order of Canada, holder of 25 honorary degrees, and recipient of the Right Livelihood Award (the alternative Nobel Prize) comments "I am shocked that we still operate under a long discarded idea that we can solve our planetary pollution problem by adopting the practice of out-of-sight-out-of- mind. We have to stop using the ground, air or water as a repository for our toxic wastes. It only provides a short term illusion that we have solved what will become a long-term disaster."

Dr. Suzuki joins notable Canadian author and environmentalist Farley Mowat and respected physician organization American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) in lining up against the controversial process and plan that would see radioactive nuclear waste entombed in underground caverns right beside the drinking water of 40 million people.

Questioning the sanity of this plan Farley Mowat notes "This plan for the disposal of nuclear wastes, smacks of a scenario from the Mad Hatter. That it is apparently the fantasy of governmental authorities, is bloody terrifying to any person possessing a scrap of sanity. I believe I am reasonably sane. I believe this plan is arrant madness and I will resist it with every ounce of determination in me."

"The AAEM board is unanimously opposed to the deep geological repository on the Great Lakes as it poses a serious threat to the health of the public and the environment," said AAEM President Dr. Amy Dean.

Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Inc. is an independent non-profit organization that believes the protection of the Great Lakes from buried radioactive nuclear waste is responsible stewardship and is of national and international importance. To protect our precious natural resource and the welfare, health and safety of the millions of people today and the innumerable generations who will follow, radioactive nuclear waste should not be buried anywhere in the Great Lakes Basin.

To learn more please visit:
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/
http://stopthegreatlakesnucleardump.com

For media inquiries: Beverly Fernandez Email: info@stopthegreatlakesnucleardump.com Tel: 519-385-0602


OPG nuclear waste repository issue receives national press coverage

Toronto Star - Friday, September 13, 2013 by John Spears http://http://www.thestar.com/business/economy/2013/09/13/kincardine_nuclear_waste_site_debate_heats_up.html


Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump achieves national press coverage

Globe and Mail - Friday, September 13, 2013 by Shawn McCarthy http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontarios-nuclear-waste-solution-bury-the-problem/article14300723/?page=all#full_story/


PRESS RELEASE
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North American Physician Organizations Oppose Ontario Power Generations's Proposed Nuclear Waste Repository

TORONTO, ONTARIO September 12, 2013—Physicians across North America have lined up in opposition to the proposal by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to bury radioactive nuclear waste in an underground deep geological repository about one kilometer from the shore of Lake Huron in Kincardine Ontario.

The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment(CAPE) provides health expertise on environmental issues and is an important voice for environmental health in Canada. CAPE today goes on record opposing OPG’s proposal for the burial of radioactive nuclear waste beside the Great Lakes. Gideon Forman, Executive Director of CAPE, states: "CAPE is deeply concerned about the potential risks associated with burying highly radioactive nuclear waste in close proximity to North America's largest fresh water resource. With radioactive isotopes to be buried in the repository remaining extremely hazardous for hundreds of thousands of years, any possibility of a release into the biosphere represents an unacceptable threat and risk to human health and the environment."

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM), a respected international organization with an elite membership of physicians and scientists interested in the complex relationship between the environment and health has passed a resolution expressing its opposition to OPG's plan. "The AAEM board is unanimously opposed to the deep geological repository on the Great Lakes as it poses a serious threat to the health of the public and the environment," said Dr. Amy Dean, president of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, "the AAEM supports enacting and strengthening legislation to reduce and prevent human and environmental exposure to nuclear waste."

Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Inc. is an independent non-profit organization that believes the protection of the Great Lakes from buried radioactive nuclear waste is responsible stewardship and is of national and international importance. To protect our precious natural resource and the welfare, health and safety of the millions of people today and the innumerable generations who will follow, radioactive nuclear waste should not be buried anywhere in the Great Lakes Basin.

To learn more please visit:
http://cape.ca
http://aaemonline.org
http://stopthegreatlakesnucleardump.com

For media inquiries: Beverly Fernandez Email: info@stopthegreatlakesnucleardump.com Tel: 519-385-0602


Michigan State Representative Sarah Roberts speaks out against proposed nuclear waste repository on the shores of Lake Huron

September 5, 2013

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FINAL PUBLIC HEARINGS WILL BEGIN SEPTEMBER 16, 2013.

September 16 to October 5, 2013 - Royal Canadian Legion, 219 Lambton Street, Kincardine, Ontario.

October 7 to October 12, 2013 - Saugeen Shores Community Complex, Rotary Hall, 600 Tomlinson Drive, Port Elgin, Ontario

DGR Public Hearings Schedule(5Sept13) PDF Version

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Aug 6, 2013 Written Submission to Joint Review Panel in Support of Oral Intervention by Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump - Beverly Fernandez presenting on September 21, 2013 http://www.ceaa.gc.ca/050/documents/p17520/92866E.pdf


Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump spokesperson Beverly Fernandez speaks at Michigan Town Hall

August 19, 2013

Michigan State Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood releases youtube video promoting Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump petition

August 11, 2013

STOP THE GREAT LAKES NUCLEAR DUMP SUBMISSION TO JOINT REVIEW PANEL
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Submission to the Joint Review Panel Concerning OPG's Proposed DGR on the Shores of Lake Huron in the Municipality of Kincardine, CEAA Registry Reference No.06-5-17520 - May 13, 2013

Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Inc. (STGLND) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is supported by ever increasing numbers of Canadians and Americans. STGLND filed its comprehensive submission to the Joint Review Panel on May 13, 2013.

To read the Executive Summary Only   PDF Version

To read the full 62 page submission  PDF Version


The GREAT LAKES AND ST. LAWRENCE CITIES INITIATIVE(GLSLCI)

- May 2013 Presentation to GLSLCI

(GLSLCI) is a binational coalition of 103 mayors representing 16 million people living in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River region that works actively with federal, state, and provincial governments to advance the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump made a presentation on May 16-17, 2013 to this very important group.

To read Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump presentation to the GLSLCI Mayors  PDF Version


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Canadian citizens oppose Ontario Power Generation's plan to bury radioactive nuclear waste approximately 400 metres from Lake Huron

TORONTO, ONTARIO January 7, 2013—A group of concerned citizens has launched an online petition and a digital Billboard on the Gardiner Expressway in Canada's largest city to sound the alarm about Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) site selection process and plan to construct an underground nuclear waste dump on the shore of Lake Huron, in the municipality of Kincardine, Ontario.

A growing number of citizens are opposed to OPG's plan to build an underground nuclear waste dump (a Deep Geological Repository) approximately 1km from shore and extending underground to approximately 400 metres below the lake level. Some of the nuclear waste remains toxic and radioactive for over 100,000 years. Federal government approval is anticipated within 9 months.

"This dump puts at risk the fresh water of the Great Lakes, 21% of the world's surface fresh water relied upon by 40 million people in two countries," said Beverly Fernandez, member of Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Inc., one of several groups that have formed to raise awareness about OPG's proposal. "We are bringing this issue to the public's attention because we believe that Canadians and Americans deserve the opportunity to learn more and voice their opinion on an issue that will affect generations to come."

To date, OPG has paid out $10.5 million to the municipality of Kincardine and four adjacent municipalities in an effort to secure local support before approval to construct the dump has even been received. If OPG can secure federal government approval for its plan, they will pay the five municipalities in excess of $35.7 million over a 30 year period. The catch: the municipalities must not waiver from consistently "exercising best efforts to support the construction and operation" of the dump.

University professors, physicians and individuals intimately familiar with government processes are speaking out.

Former Deputy Minister, Environment (Ontario), Rod McLeod: "I think the OPG proposal is very unwise."

William Fyfe, retired professor emeritus in Geochemistry at the University of Western Ontario, and international consultant on nuclear waste: "You do not put nuclear waste near things like the Great Lakes or the great rivers in case there's a leakage that you haven't expected".

East Lansing Michigan family physician, Suzanne Sorkin: "I worry about the safety of the Great Lakes water supply for my current and future patients. A leak from these dangerous wastes could contaminate Great Lakes drinking water and fisheries far into the future."

Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Inc. is a non-profit organization comprised of ordinary Canadians who believe that the protection of the Great Lakes from buried radioactive nuclear waste is responsible stewardship, and is of national and international importance. In order to protect our precious natural resource – the Great Lakes – our group believes that radioactive nuclear waste should not be buried anywhere in the Great Lakes Basin. We are urging citizens to sign our online petition to send a message to the Minister of the Environment to stand up for the protection of the Great Lakes.

To learn more please visit: http://stopthegreatlakesnucleardump.com
To sign the online petition: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/stopthegreatlakesnucleardump.html
For media inquiries: Beverly Fernandez Email: info@stopthegreatlakesnucleardump.com Tel: 519-546-9616

FACT SHEET
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1.  Ontario Power Generation (OPG), a multi-billion dollar corporation wholly owned by the Province of Ontario, plans to build a nuclear waste dump at the Bruce Nuclear Power Plant site, Municipality of Kincardine, Ontario "located approximately 1 km inland from the shore of Lake Huron at the surface and more than 400 metres below the deepest near-site point of Lake Huron." http://www.nwmo.ca/uploads/DGR%20PDF/EIS/Environmental-Impact-Statement---Summary.pdf, page 55
OPG owns Ontario's nuclear plants and all radioactive nuclear waste created.

2.  Low and intermediate level radioactive nuclear waste will be buried in the nuclear waste dump. Intermediate level nuclear wastes are highly radioactive and many remain toxic for over 100,000 years. Some are as dangerous as nuclear spent fuel. No scientist or geologist can provide a 100,000 year guarantee that this nuclear waste dump will not leak.

3.  Approval of the nuclear waste dump in the Municipality of Kincardine (DGR1) will set precedents (toxicity of waste, proximity to lake, geology) and smooth the way for the much publicized second underground nuclear waste dump for the high level nuclear spent fuel involving 21 communities (DGR2). Kincardine's DGR1 is the Trojan Horse in our midst.

4.  OPG is paying $35.7million to Saugeen Shores, Huron-Kinross, Arran-Elderslie, Brockton, Kincardine. All are adjacent to the Bruce Nuclear Power Plant site. $10.5 million has already been paid even before approval to construct the dump is received. OPG can unilaterally cancel payment if municipality fails to support the nuclear waste dump proposal.
http://www.nwmo.ca/uploads_managed/MediaFiles/537_HostingAgreement.pdf

5.  40 million people in 2 countries rely on the Great Lakes for drinking water.
http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/STDU_129778.html

6.  OPG's Environmental Impact Statement document contains 3,432 pages; justification for choosing the Kincardine site is contained in the equivalent of one single page. OPG comment on acceptability of an alternative site option: "Unknown".
http://www.nwmo.ca/uploads/DGR%20PDF/Environmental-Impact-Statement-%28Volume-1%29.pdf, section 3.4.2

7.  An underground nuclear waste dump in limestone is unproven and unprecedented.

8.  Nuclear waste dumps in other countries are leaking.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/the-world-from-berlin-the-most-problematic-nuclear-facility-in-europe-a-576027.html

9.  OPG's proposal presently undergoing an Environmental Assessment (EA). Public hearings expected in the spring of 2013. EA Joint Review Panel will report to the federal Minister of the Environment, who in turn will report to the Canadian federal cabinet, the ultimate decision maker. Decision anticipated within 9 months.

10.  Nuclear waste will be buried in the dump over a 35-40 year period. Ten years of pre-closure monitoring to be followed by unmonitored, unspecified institutional control and then abandonment.

11.  In the words of Rod McLeod, a former Deputy Minister of the Environment (Ontario) "…the OPG proposal is very unwise."
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/stopthegreatlakesnucleardump/signatures-page18.html, Petitioner comment #960

12.  According to William Fyfe, a retired University of Western Ontario professor and an international consultant on nuclear waste "You do not put nuclear waste near things like the Great Lakes or the great rivers in case there's a leakage that you haven't expected."
http://www2.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=f9ff8432-c3e9-41e2-877a-a9fc43a13aac&p=2

13.  OPG states "Taking into account the findings of the EA studies, including the identified mitigation measures, it is OPG's conclusion that the DGR Project is not likely to result in any significant adverse effects on the environment."
http://www.nwmo.ca/uploads/DGR%20PDF/Environmental-Impact-Statement-%28Volume-1%29.pdf, pg xv

14.  40 million affected Canadians and Americans situated throughout the Great Lakes Basin that can and will be impacted if things go wrong were not consulted or informed and receive nothing but risk and uncertainty.

BILLBOARD
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Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Inc., a group of concerned citizens, launch the next stage of a campaign to draw attention to a highly controversial and time sensitive matter with an electronic billboard on the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto.

The billboard below is scheduled to appear on the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto on January 7, 2013.

Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Billboard