The Age of Nuclear Waste and the Chalk River Radioactive Dump
Public lecture by Dr. Gordon Edwards, international award-winning scientist & independent expert on Nuclear Energy
Co-founder and president of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility (CCNR), Dr. Edwards rose to prominence as one of Canada’s best-known independent experts on nuclear technology, uranium and weapons proliferation. Dr. Edwards has been a consultant to governmental and non-governmental bodies such as the Auditor General of Canada and the Ontario Royal Commission on Electric Power. In 2006, he was awarded the Nuclear-Free Future Award and YMCA Peacekeeper Medallion in 2013.
He will speak on a plan to build a disposal facility for radioactive waste from Chalk River Laboratories near the Ottawa River, about 180 kilometres west of Ottawa. The federal government is financing the project to the tune of $1.2-billion, a 10-year effort to transform the aging Chalk River site, where the Candu reactor was developed. But several former scientists who worked there, say the CNL proposal is seriously flawed and represents a threat to human health and the environment. They are worried about potentially contaminated water seeping into the river. What the industry is proposing is really a landfill for hazardous waste. And those landfills are made to last up to about 500 years, but intermediate level waste will last for thousands of years.
Come and find out more about this new threat to our health and to the environment, and bring your friends too. A period of questions and discussion will follow his talk.
2149 Mackay St. (corner De Maisonneve) Metro Guy/concordia