A citizens group on Lake Erie is fighting back against Bruce Power’s push to build a nuclear power plant in their community. Their complaint? No one – including their elected officials - asked if they wanted a nuclear plant in their backyard.
Grand Erie Energy Quest has launched a petition calling for a moratorium on all nuclear development in Haldimand County until the issues of radioactive waste, costs, security, and public consultation are addressed.
This is not a radical request, but local councils in Haldimand and Norfolk endorsed Bruce Power’s proposals without public debate and have refused to allow citizens opposed to nuclear to make presentations to council.
The citizens’ group is right. Such a decision shouldn’t be made lightly.
One need only look to the current debate on whether to rebuild Canada’s oldest nuclear station for a warning that there will be no turning back if Haldimand let’s Bruce Power build a reactor at Nanticoke.
Durham’s Tory MPP John O’Toole’s thinks the province should spend billions to rebuild the Pickering B nuclear station – one of the poorest performing nuclear stations in North America. Why? If we don’t rebuild Pickering, says O’Toole, the Pickering the site will become just a radioactive waste dump. As he told local reporters: “That site will be a nuclear site for the rest of eternity.”
That’s the question the citizens of Haldimand-Norfolk should be debating: do we want our community to be a nuclear site for the rest of eternity?