Nuclear Waste Information and Links

Do I want to be one of the small handful of people who decided for the first time in Canadian history, that it is perfectly good practice to abandon longlived human-made radioactive waste materials?
Do I truly believe that our present knowledge of science, technology and nature is sufficient for me to be certain of the validity of this course of action for the next 100,000 to 1,000,000 years?

DR. Gordon Edwards – “Oral Intervention from Gordon Edwards”

Know Nuclear Waste is an information project of Northwatch. Check here for in-depth information on the nature of nuclear waste, geological repository design, transportation and more.

The CCNR is dedicated to education and research on all issues related to nuclear energy, whether civilian or military – including non-nuclear alternatives – especially those pertaining to Canada. Dr. Gordon Edwards is its co-founder and President.

In this 32-minute video, “How I Became a Nuclear Skeptic,” Dr. Edwards explains the dangers of nuclear energy and nuclear waste in easy-to-understand terms.

Dr. Edwards’ recent document, Questions and Answers about Irradiated Nuclear Fuel in Canada, contains a wealth of information that NWMO is not sharing with potential host communities. On page 6, Edwards describes the repackaging of the used nuclear fuel that will need to be done on-site, at the location of the DGR. It is an exceedingly delicate and dangerous procedure, using what are called hot cells – a process that no OPG atomic workers have experience with.

Edwards tells us:

In my view, the probability of accidental leakage is quite high. It will be a miracle if the environment surrounding the proposed DGR does not experience at least some degree of
contamination. I find it amazing and irresponsible that NWMO has not explained to all of the
candidate communities that used nuclear fuel cannot be put directly underground, it has to be repackaged first. And that requires the use of hot cells since there is no reactor at the DGR site and so no spent fuel pools that would allow the manipulations to take place underwater.

The website serves as a “switchboard” to organizations, websites, and links about nuclear waste in Canada.

CELA is active in matters of environmental law in Canada, including the current issue of nuclear waste disposal. Their mission is to protect public health and the environment by seeking justice for those harmed by pollution or poor decision-making, and by changing policies.