Nuclear Waste to be Buried Near Lake Huron

by Alex Milton on June 18, 2013 - 7:44pm

http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/theres-a-plan-to-bury-nuclear-waste-a-kilometre-away-from-lake-huron

As mentioned in my previous blog post, I enjoy going on Vice, and its subdivisions, to see what’s new in the world. This was particularly of interest to me because it’s actually in Canada. It’s about nuclear power as well, which I think is something that needs to be looked into further, mainly the ways of disposing of the waste. This is a very important issue due to the fact that if there is a problem the drinking water of more than 40 million people’s, both Canadians and Americans, drinking water will be contaminated. This waste is estimated to take approximately 100,000 years to be decommissioned and to be deemed “safe.” The ethical question, as I see it, is “Should the repository be located so close to a natural water source, despite the approval of the locals.” I believe that the repository should not be located so close, 1.2 kilometres away underground from Lake Huron. It is stated that any “unexpected human incidents or mechanical failures occur” it will result in a radiation leak that will go into the water supply of over 40 million Americans and Canadians.

However, on the other side of this argument, it can be said that if they were to move the location of the to-be constructed underground repository might not be accepted in other places in Canada. If that were the case then this repository would have to be built somewhere against the wishes of the locals or the general population of Canada. This would create a huge debate of not going through the right process or processes of choosing the location to dispose of nuclear waste.

What do you think? Would you rather that the government goes behind your back to find a place to dig a 1.2 km hole in the ground to bury the waste? Or, that they go through the proper channels and gain the approval to bury it in a specific place, in this instance being near Lake Huron.

Comments

As soon as I read this article, I was interested by the topic. It is a subject that touches Canadians directly. It is not the first we hear about waste sites. These nuclear wastes are a huge problem because it is necessary to bury them even though it can affect the populations. So, this topic also relate to people’s rights.

I would rather that the government have the approval of the population before digging than going behind the population’s back to bury this nuclear waste. I believe that everyone has the right to free choices. If the population, leaded by its mayor, decide that they want to host the project of digging nuclear waste, they have the right to do so. Who are we to tell them that they shouldn’t accept the project? They have the right to make their own choice. If they choose to let nuclear waste be buried on their territory, we should respect their choice.

On the other hand, I think the burying site should not be so near a water source. In case of any incident, the water of 40 million people would be contaminated. This would then violate an important right: the right of being safe. Everyone should be able to drink water without wondering if it is safe. Contaminated water affects directly the population’s health, and the right to health should be protected.

However, I agree that a gigantic debate would be created if the right processes for finding a burial site would not be followed. How could we, as citizens, accept that they dig a hole for nuclear wastes without our approval? People have the right of free choices, and we should respect these choices.

The burial site is supposed to be at Kindcarding in Ontario. The following article explains the worries of Sarnia’s Mayor and Michigan.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/story/2013/05/27/wdr-nuclear-waste...

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