Near Surface Disposal Facility creates unacceptable risks to Ottawa River communities

By Ole Hendrickson

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has scheduled hearings on a controversial 60-foot-high mound for one million cubic metres of radioactive and hazardous wastes, called the “Near Surface Disposal Facility”, or NSDF.
The mound – similar to a municipal landfill - would be built on a hillside next to a lake and wetlands, one kilometer from the Ottawa River, directly across from the Municipality of Sheenboro, on the Chalk River Laboratories property of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL). The mound would leak for thousands of years into the Ottawa River and pose . . .

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