Nuclear waste disposal: guaranteed jobs for 250,000 years
Article by Julee Boan originally published in the Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal on April 13, 2010.
Most people can appreciate why the Town of Ignace is investigating the economic opportunity associated with becoming a repository for nuclear waste. Times are tough in northern Ontario. The forest industry decline and subsequent mill closures and job losses have left many forestry-dependent communities looking for economic alternatives. And the fact is Canada has nowhere to put the 35,000 tons (2 million used uranium fuel bundles) of nuclear waste we have generated. For more than 30 years, the Federal Government has been eyeing the relatively stable geology of the Canadian Shield as a prime candidate. And for 30 years, the debate has ebbed and flowed.