Friday, July 12, 2024
Letters to the Editor

Ottawa River

Dear Editor,
Both as Pontiac’s MP and as an environmental lawyer, I care passionately about protecting the Ottawa River and about ensuring open and transparent processes to evaluate any project proposal. Keeping our river clean will always be the top priority.
In relation to the assessment of CNL’s proposal to clean up the legacy nuclear waste situated at Chalk River, I remain focused on protecting our river. We have no choice but to achieve world-class management of the radioactive liability this site currently represents. To help achieve this protection, I have actively engaged people across the Pontiac, meeting with cottagers and environmental groups, mayors and councillors, Indigenous communities, and Canada’s independent and expert regulator, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).
It is the CNSC - not politicians - that will review any project proposal. At this stage, no final proposal has been submitted, so we are not even at the point when public hearings can be organized and all views heard. But when this happens, the CNSC must, by federal law, respond to every single question and concern that is raised. That is why I am focused on building public engagement - because all perspectives and points of view across the Pontiac must be fully considered by the CNSC.

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