Policy vacuum for Ottawa’s radioactive waste
Thirty-five prominent Canadians, including Chiefs of First Nations, leaders of major public interest groups, elected officials, cottagers, scientists and doctors, have written a collective letter to Prime Minister Trudeau, asking him to stand up for the health and safety of Canadians by suspending three ill-considered projects to abandon long-lived radioactive wastes beside major water bodies like the Ottawa and Winnipeg Rivers.
The fundamental problem: the federal government has never developed a policy for the long-term care of its radioactive wastes other than irradiated nuclear fuel. That policy vacuum is allowing a consortium of private nuclear multinational corporations to adopt quick and dirty approaches to radioactive waste “disposal” that will surely jeopardize future generations.
Gordon Edwards, mathematician,
Ginette Charbonneau, physicist,
Gilles Provost, scientific journalist