Public hearings for OPG’s deep geologic repository will begin in Kincardine on Monday.
The hearings, held by the Joint Review Panel appointed for the project, will be held at the Kincardine Legion until Oct. 5 and at the Saugeen Shores Community Complex Rotary Hall in Port Elgin from Oct. 7 to 12. The panel will hear from politicians, members of the public, Aboriginal representatives and experts on a range of topics related to the deep geologic repository (DGR) for low and intermediate level waste, including geology, site characteristics, management of nuclear waste, environment and human health.
The public hearings will commence Monday at with opening comments from the Joint Review Panel, Saugeen Ojibway Nations and OPG. The panel will also hear statements from Kincardine mayor Larry Kraemer and Hardy Stevenson and Associates, which conducted a review of OPG’s technical documents for the project.
The public hearing will be webcast live through the CNSC website at www.cnsc-ccsn.gc.ca and written statements will be posted as soon as they become available. As well, copies of the hearing schedule and procedures, along with documents that are submitted or generated as part of the review, will be available on the online public registry at www.ceaa.gc.ca, reference number 17520.
Within 90 days of the close of the review record, the Joint Review Panel will submit an environmental assessment report to the federal Minister of the Environment outlining its conclusions, rationale and recommendations. Following the Government of Canada’s decision, the panel is then to make a decision on the application for a licence to prepare a site and construct the DGR.