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Desjardins noted that a national media interview with an official at the facility in- cluded a comment that any potential leakage from the storage facility proposed would be “minor”. “I don’t think that is an attitude our federal government should support,” said Desjardins. The Chalk River

A storage plan in the works at the Chalk River nuclear facility has the mayor of Clarence-Rocklandworried about possible radioactive leakage into the Ottawa River. Mayor Guy Desjardins raised the issue

during the Jan. 11 committee of the whole session of the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR). “I think it’s alarm-

“I think it’s alarming,” Desjardins told his fellow mayors. “They’re in an earthquake zone. They’re beside the Ottawa River.”

nuclear facility, built upstream the Ottawa River from the City of Ottawa and other mu- nicipalities, is one of the oldest in Canada,

ing,” Desjardins told his fellow mayors. “They’re in an earthquake zone. They’re beside the Ottawa River.”

built more than three decades ago for the processing of medical-grade nuclear ma- terials under the direction of the Atomic

UCDSB school calendar The Upper Canada District School Board seeks public feedback on the draft of its 2017-2018 school year calendar. The draft proposes a school year running from Sept. 1, 2017 to June 28, 2018, with classes starting Sept. 5, 2017 and finishing June 27, 2018. The first semester would be from Sept. 1, 2017 to Jan. 31, 2018, and the second semester, Feb. 1 to June 28, 2018. The Christmas break would be from Dec. 25, 2017 to Jan. 5, 2018 and the March break, March 12 to 16, 2018. Deadline for comments is Feb. 17, to meet the May 1 cutoff for board approval and submission to the Education Ministry. Send feedback to Berva Rice at 613-258-9393, extension 1 or to berva.rice@ – Gregg Chamberlain “It’s one thing for them to store our (waste) material there,” he said. “But it’s another matter to bring in someone else’s.” UCPR Administrator Stéphane Parisien noted that one concern any such proposal must address is transport of waste material to the Chalk River site and the risk of ac- cidental spills. He and his staff will collect more information on the matter for a later report to counties council and a decision on how to proceed further on the issue. Le maire de Clarence-Rockland, Guy Desjardins, s’inquiète de la sévérité des normes de sécurité pour une installation de stockage de déchets nucléaires qui pourrait devenir partie intégrante du site nucléaire de Chalk River, en amont d’Ottawa. Il a convaincu le conseil et l’administration des Comtés unis de Prescott et Russell de commencer à faire des recherches sur la proposition en vue d’une éventuelle action de lobbying auprès du gouvernement fédéral. —photo Gregg Chamberlain Energy Commission (AEC). Canadian Na- tional Laboratories (CNL) has since taken over ownership and management of the facility and proposes to build a near-surface disposal facility (NSDF) for containment and storage of nuclear waste fromCanadian nuclear operations. Chalk River is one of two sites that the CNL is considering for the storage facility. The CNL proposal calls for a nuclear waste warehouse with the capacity of onemillion cubicmetres. Desjardins expressed concern that the CNL proposal may not be limited to storing Canadian nuclear waste but could also include material from other locations that may have lower processing standards than Canada. UCPR Warden Gary Barton agreed with Desjardins’concern.

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