We the Nuclear Free North

We the Nuclear Free North

The scene is serene, beautiful and clean. But all this is at risk of eons of contamination. Our voices, together, can prevent this.

Plans are being made and studies conducted into burying highly radioactive nuclear fuel waste in the heart of Northwestern Ontario – on Treaty 3 lands – in “Sunset Country”. The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) intends to make its decision in 2023.


August Information Events in Northwestern Ontario

Join We the Nuclear Free North and our allied organizations for one or more of the events below:

Vermilion Bay, August 9 Info Table


Atikokan, August 11 Info Table


Dyment, August 13 Info Table


Ignace, August 15 Info Table, Presentations and Film


Wabigoon, August 16 Info Table with refreshments
More info on the Wabigoon event at the No Nuclear Waste in NW Ontario Facebook page.


“Nuke Puck Flotilla Released”

Found one of our “Nuke Pucks”? Let us know – you may win a prize! Read more about our contest here.

Many thanks to TBT News for this wonderful coverage on June 22, 2022:



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NWMO’s Site Selection Year: 2023


Who we are
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We the Nuclear Free North is an alliance of people and groups opposed to transporting and then burying all of Canada’s nuclear fuel waste in Northwestern Ontario. Read more.

Our alliance is honoured to have received the name Tataganobin: looking far ahead into the future. Learn more about who we are, and the origin and meaning of this name.

The issue

Canada’s nuclear industry makes up the members of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO). The NWMO is studying the possibility of burying all of Canada’s nuclear fuel waste in one of two Ontario locations. One potential location is an area 40 km west of Ignace. If the plan goes through, an estimated 100,000 tonnes of highly radioactive nuclear fuel waste would be shipped to the selected site, repackaged and buried. Learn more about the nuclear waste abandonment issue.

You can help
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Spread the word about these “disposal” plans. Speak to your elected representatives. Write to the editor of your local paper. Make a donation to our efforts. If you oppose these burial plans, oppose them loudly. Contact We the Nuclear Free North so that we can work together.

Our primary concerns

  1. The issue of informed consent, or “willingness”.
    How is consent to be defined? What level of consent is needed? Who are the stakeholders?
  2. Lack of scientific evidence for safety of burial.
    The stakes are high – can we experiment? A mistake could contaminate our waterways for hundreds of thousands of years.
  3. Dangers of transportation and repackaging.
    Dangerous waste will be transported up to 2,517 km, and the highly radioactive and hazardous material unpacked and repackaged on-site.

We believe that responsible stewardship of these wastes close to the sites of their production is the best management alternative.


How am I at risk?

Those along the highway transport routes are at risk from both incidental gamma ray exposure, and consequences of container breach from highway collisions

Radioactive fuel waste will be repackaged on-site, an enormously risky procedure that could release radioactive material on the surface, where it could move into local waterways

Radioactive fuel waste will be buried in the bedrock (for the first time in the world) – if containment fails, radioactive material could be released into NW Ontario watersheds, eventually reaching Lake Winnipeg and Hudson Bay

Read more on Nuclear Waste and Health

Local residents are concerned
Roy Ignace

“The whole thing will fail. It might take a thousand years, but it will fail. Because no matter what kind of a container, no matter how solid that container you put into the ground, sooner or later it will rot and it will break. And whatever is in it will spread.”

Elder Roy Ignace
Resident of Ignace, Ontario

 

Take-aways
  • The NWMO is not an arms-length public agency – it is a group of nuclear power companies
  • There are no operational deep geological repositories (DGRs) for nuclear fuel waste anywhere in the world
  • The highly radioactive wastes will be transported by truck for thousands of kilometres
  • There is no safe level of exposure to radiation
  • Certain radioactive components of nuclear waste are water soluble.

Q & A

Frequently asked questions and their answers.

Q & A

Information resources

Learn more about nuclear waste from reliable resources.

Reliable resources

News & Events

What we are doing (all of us, you included), and what is next.

News & Events