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PDF version of this two-page fact sheet "Ten things Canadians need to know about the Chalk River Near Surface Disposal Facility"

Here are some references for the material in the fact sheet:

1.  This proposed mega-dump for radioactive waste would be enormous. It would stand seven stories high and cover an area the size of 70 NHL hockey rinks.

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Project Description: Near Surface Disposal Facility at Chalk River Laboratories 232-509200-ENA-001 Revision 1 (Fig. 3-1, Illustrative Layout of the Near Surface Disposal Facility at the EMR Site)
CNSC Discussion Paper DIS-16-03, Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning
 

2.  The proponent of the dump is a consortium of profit-making multinational corporations.

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3.  The site is not suitable for a dump of any kind given its location beside the Ottawa River - a drinking water source for millions of Canadians.

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Project Description: Near Surface Disposal Facility at Chalk River Laboratories 232-509200-ENA-001 Revision 1 (Fig. 4-1, Locations under Consideration for the Near Surface Disposal Facility) 

4.  The proposed site is located on a major fault line above porous and fractured bedrock.

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5.  Downstream communities loudly voiced objection to radioactive waste disposal at this location in the 1990s

6. The proposed dump could contain radioactive debris, garbage, and hazardous wastes from all over Canada.

References: 
Annual Safety Report, Environmental Monitoring in 2014 at Chalk River Laboratories, Chalk River Site Documentation. CRL‐509243‐ASR‐2014. (see pp. ix-xii)
Project Description: Near Surface Disposal Facility at Chalk River Laboratories 232-509200-ENA-001 Revision 1 (Section 1, Introduction; section 3.1.1, Project Context)

7.  Hazardous and radioactive materials would inevitably leak into the Ottawa River.

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Project Description: Near Surface Disposal Facility at Chalk River Laboratories 232-509200-ENA-001 Revision 1 (Figure 3-3 Cross-Section of a Typical Base Liner System; section 3.3.2, Waste Water Treatment Plant)

8.  The process for approving this proposal is flawed.

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9.  The timeline for action is short. 

·      A decision on project approval is scheduled to take place at a January 2018 CNSC hearing on renewal of CNL’s “site licence.” With CNSC approval, construction of the mega-dump could begin as soon as Fall 2018.

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Lynn Jones,
Mar 11, 2017, 4:56 AM