The Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, which are run since 2016 by SNC-Lavalin and four Anglo-American multinationals, will build a site capable of storing one million cubic meters of low-level radioactive waste in Chalk River, Ontario, which raised environmental concerns. Opponents say the location is less than one kilometer from the Ottawa River, the source of drinking water for millions of citizens.
According to the environmental impact study that details the project, these radioactive waste would not be buried deep underground. They would be placed on the slopes of a hill in an 18-meter-high, 16-hectare facility. Inside this mound, there are ten cells that can hold up to one million low-level radioactive waste.
People fear a possible contamination of the drinking water
Opponents of the project contest the choice of the location of the facility.
The new storage site would be less than one kilometer from the Ottawa River, which is one of the main tributaries of the St. Lawrence River. Laval, Ottawa, Gatineau, Montreal – We are talking about millions of people drinking water from the river here.
A French nuclear physicist who consulted the project is surprised that the mound is surrounded by water. In addition to the Ottawa River, there is Perch Lake and Creek, marshes and swamps near the future storage center.
According to David Boilley, water is the number one enemy of radioactive waste.
Everything is secure, replies the consortium
The consortium replies that the waste will never go into the water because they placed their mound high on the side of a hill to avoid contact with the wetlands.
“We also have a drainage system and a leak detection system under the membrane,” says Kurt Kehler, vice-president, decommissioning and waste management at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. “All escaping water will be recovered and completely treated before being released into the environment,” he added.
In the end, the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories will build their site capable of storing one million cubic meters of low-level radioactive waste in Chalk River, Ontario, despite the environmental concerns from the scientists and the locals.
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