Nuclear NewsOntario Power Generation proposes to construct a facility to store low- and medium-level radioactive waste at the Bruce nuclear station beside Lake Huron.


Deep Geological Repository,

Ontario Power Generation

aka “Proposed Nuclear Waste Dump – Lake Huron





Excerpt from “Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump” Facebook entry dated 14-Feb-2013:


Ontario Power Generation (OPG), a corporation wholly owned by the Province of Ontario, is asking the federal government to approve its proposal to bury low and intermediate level radioactive nuclear waste under the Bruce Nuclear Power Plant site, directly on the shore of Lake Huron, in the Municipality of Kincardine, Ontario.


Called a Deep Geological Repository, DGR or Nuclear Waste Dump, the 31 burial caverns are planned to be 680 metres below the ground carved out of limestone, and will extend to approximately 400 metres from Lake Huron.


Low level radioactive nuclear waste includes contaminated mops, rags and industrial items. Intermediate level radioactive nuclear waste contains resins, filters, and irradiated components from within the nuclear reactors themselves. Intermediate level nuclear wastes are highly radioactive and many remain radioactive for over 100,000 years.


The Nuclear Waste Dump will be very large – approximately 37 acres on the surface and twice that size underground, and will accommodate very large amounts of radioactive wastes that have been generated during the operating life and refurbishment of Ontario's 20 nuclear reactors.


OPG's most recent estimate is that 200,000 cubic metres (7.1 million cubic feet) of nuclear waste in 53,000 containers will be buried in the Dump over 35-40 years. The Dump will eventually be sealed with a sand/clay mixture and concrete, and the plan is that within a decade of closure it will no longer be monitored for radioactive leaks. Ten years of pre-closure monitoring will be followed by potentially 300 years of institutional control, and then abandonment. OPG calls the period following institutional control the "Long Term."


OPG suggests that the Nuclear Waste Dump will safely hold its radioactive contents for 100,000 years. Is it reasonable to conclude that an unmonitored Nuclear Waste Dump will contain its radioactive contents for 100,000 years? The Great Lakes were created only 12,000 years ago.






Ontario Power Generation (OPG) proposes to construct a 680m below-ground facility to store low- and medium-level radioactive waste at the Bruce nuclear station beside Lake Huron.  OPG says the rock formations are stable and over 450 million years old.


The proposed site is less than 1.6 kms from the Lake Huron shoreline and “upstream from the main drinking water intakes for southeast Michigan”.


Michigan, USA rules prohibit low-level nuclear waste from being stored within 10 miles (16 kilometres) of the lakes and rivers in the Great Lakes system bordering Michigan.  However, Michigan does allow construction of waste sites on the grounds of a nuclear generating station so OGP says that the proposal is in compliance with Michigan’s laws.


Low-level radioactive waste includes protective clothing worn by workers, and mops or towels used to wipe up spills of contaminated water. 


Medium-level radioactive waste includes used parts from the reactor core which must be packed in radiation-proof containers, and remain dangerous for hundreds of years.


All low- and intermediate-level waste for Ontario’s nuclear reactors is currently stored on the surface at the Bruce nuclear site.


High-level waste such as spent fuel is stored on the surface at the nuclear stations where it was used.  Critics are not convinced that high-level waste will not be added to the site in the future. 



Timeline (chronological order)




June 2015

Federal review panel recommends approval of project subject to fulfillment of 100 conditions (source).  Approval by federal Environment Minister delayed until after election.

 - December 2015

90 federal comment period

December 2, 2015

Decision expected by Canadian Minister of the Environment

February 2016

Federal government delays OPG nuclear waste proposal decision (article)


Ontario Power Generation requests support from Ontario municipalities





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Valerie MacDonald


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Federal government delays OPG nuclear waste proposal decision



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- Senator Debbie Stabenow


Globe and Mail

Decision on Lake Huron nuclear waste facility delayed until after election

Shawn McCarthy


Panel approves underground nuclear waste facility near Lake Huron

Gina Joseph


CBC News

Lake Huron nuclear waste plan passes environmental assessment


- federal review panel approval


Toronto Star

Lake Huron nuclear dump scheme in trouble: Walkom

Thomas Walkom


Globe and Mail

Nuclear waste plan unsafe, panel hears

Shawn McCarthy


State Senator Phil Pavlov

Senate unanimously passes legislation to halt proposed Canadian nuclear waste facility

Phil Pavlov



Toronto Star

Bruce waste site radiation understated, says former OPG scientist

John Spears



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Amy  MacPherson

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- Kellie Leitch


MLive (USA)

U.S. Sens Carl Levin, Debbie Stabenow call for intervention with proposed Canadian nuclear waste site

Fritz Klug


Toronto Star

First Nations must speak for themselves, nuclear hearing told

John Spears


Toronto Star

OPP should stay out of homes of nuclear waste opponents: Editorial



Toronto Star

OPP quiz opponents to Lake Huron nuclear dump prior to hearings:  Walkom

Thomas Walkom


Sierra Club Canada

Comments on OPG’s Proposal to Develop a Deep Geologic Repository for Radioactive Waste:  A Neglected Potential for Malevolent Acts (.pdf)

Gordon Thompson



Opposition mounts to nuclear waste storage near Lake Huron

Luke Simcoe

Includes video by Michigan State Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood


Detroit News (USA)

Questions, concern surround plan to store nuclear waste near Lake Huron

Jim Lynch


Michigan Radio (USA)

Foes of Lake Huron shoreline nuclear storage meet

The Associated Press


Joint Review Panel

Preliminary Public Hearing Schedule (16Aug13).pdf

Deadline to submit presentations 27-Aug-2013 CEA registry #17520


Macomb Daily

U.S. officials urging debate of Canadian nuclear waste site

Gina Joseph


EcoWatch / DeSmog Canada

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Elizabeth Hand

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EcoWatch / Michael Leonardi

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Waste Dump

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Checkout the comments


Joint Review Panel

Announcement expected

Re: next steps (public hearing or ?) (more info required)


Toronto Star

Third Ontario nuclear waste site possible

John Spears



CTV News

Skullduggery alleged over mayors' 'secret' nuclear-waste storage meetings

Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press


Joint Review Panel

Letter to Ms. Laurie Swami (.pdf)

Stella Swanson, Chair

Additional information request


Toronto Star

Michigan state Senate says Ontario nuclear waste site “raises serious concerns”

John Spears


Ontarion (University of Guelph)

Concerns voiced over proposed nuclear waste dump




Petition:  Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump


To Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment, Cda




Interested Parties:


For your information, the Panel is continuing with its evaluation of the DGR project information and submissions received in relation to the review On or prior to June 23, 2013, the Panel will determine whether the information adequately addresses the requirements of the EIS Guidelines.   At that time, the Panel will either schedule and announce the public hearing for the project or request more information from Ontario Power Generation before proceeding to the hearing phase of the review.


For more information:




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“This nuclear waste repository will be surrounded by Lake Huron on three sides and be located just upstream from the main drinking water intake for southeast Michigan.  If this radioactive material leaks, the drinking water for 40 million people could be contaminated.”

U.S. Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood (video)






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Disclaimer: This information has been compiled through private amateur research for the purpose of allowing the reader to make an informed and educated decision.  However, while the information is believed to be reliable, accuracy cannot be guaranteed.




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