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CBC documentary on Chalk River NSDF debate

Donald Teuma-Castelletti
CHALK RIVER March 21, 2018
A documentary looking into the controversy surrounding the proposed near surface disposal facility (NSDF) at Chalk River will air Sunday, March 25 on Ici Radio-Canada Télé.
As part of the series Découverte, journalists travelled to the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ (CNL) site in order to speak with concerned citizens and scientists, and report on the debate surrounding the facility.
Journalists from Radio-Canada, Daniel Carrière and Pierre Gagné, joined Jason Phelps and Elssa Martinez on the Ottawa River to discuss their efforts at protesting the NSDF.
The latter two are property owners in the Pontiac and members of the Old Fort Williams Cottagers’ Association (OFWCA), who have worked extensively to express their concern with the NSDF’s location and proximity to the river.
“I think we’re sort of the human-interest part of the story,” said Phelps. “In the sense that they also went to talk to people at Chalk River, different scientists and they even went to France to investigate a similar type of facility that’s been put into place there.”
Meeting up with the reporters in September, the cottagers took them for a tour around the lake before visiting the proposed site.

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