Environmental groups have one last chance to convince Canada’s nuclear-energy watchdog to reject a plan to haul 16 decommissioned radioactive steam generators across the Great Lakes on their way to Sweden for recycling.
About 80 organizations from across Canada, the United States and Sweden are submitting their final pleas Monday to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, insisting its panel should reject a plan by Bruce Power to ship about 1,600 tonnes of radioactive waste through Canada’s Great Lakes.
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Three weeks. Less than it takes a discarded apple core to disintegrate. That’s how long it took Stewardship Ontario’s current eco fee plan to fail.
Environment Minister John Gerretsen’s tail-betwixt-legs pullback of the eco fee program Tuesday (July 20) is being described as a 90-day rethink.
Under pressure from a growing tax revolt, the minister is now assuring the public that dinging consumers for the recycling of everyday toxic products will not be in the revised plan.
What previously successful enviro programs – like the $5 tire tax – had in common, says John Bennett, Sierra Club Canada’s exec director, is that “they educated the public.”
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Canadian Tire has admitted its stores have been charging consumers too much for eco fees since they came into effect on July 1. The company says it was the result of a computer glitch.
The Sierra Club of Canada says the program is important because hazardous material that isn't disposed of properly can become a health and environmental risk.
"Our water waste management systems aren't designed to capture those (hazardous materials) and process them out. (The systems) are about sanitizing, so they tend to go right through the system and end up in our drinking water, so we are drinking a watered down version of it," said John Bennett, executive director of the Sierra Club.