Two interesting tidbits today:
Niagara could be the road of choice for nuclear waste bound for South Carolina.
Liquid highly-enriched uranium from Canada’s Chalk River research reactor could be trucked through here on the way to be processed in South Carolina, says a report bound for regional council’s planning committee next week.
St. Catharines Mayor Brian McMullan, a former chair of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, said public safety is a concern. The organization has opposed shipping nuclear waste by boat through the Great Lakes but has no stance on ground transport.
McMullan said approving agencies on both sides of the border must show there’s no risk.
“I think the onus is on the approving agencies to ensure there will be no risk to the public, which includes no risk to our waterways,” he said.
But the public shouldn’t be concerned about the waste, whether it is carried by trucks or trains, said Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority chairman Bruce Timms.
But maybe the residents of the Niagara area should be worried, at least a little.
Since 2010, more than one truck in seven carrying radioactive material has been pulled off the road by Ontario ministry of transportation inspectors for failing safety or other requirements.The information is contained in a notice quietly filed with a panel studying a proposal to store low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste in deep underground near Kincardine.The information filed doesn’t specify what sort of radioactive cargos the trucks were carrying. In theory, it could have been anything from uranium fuel for nuclear reactors, to radioactive isotopes for medical use.
A spokesman for Ontario Power Generation said that none of its nuclear shipments has failed a vehicle inspection.“We have zero tolerance” for failed inspections, Neal Kelly said. “We’ve got no infractions. Period.”What the information does show is that since 2010, inspectors have examined 102 trucks carrying “Class 7 Dangerous Goods (Radioactive material.)”Of those, 16 were placed “out-of-service,” which means the vehicle “must be repaired or the violation corrected before it is allowed to proceed.”