SHIPPING | Radioactive cargo stirs debate in Canada

ENVIRONMENTAL groups and politicians have attacked plans to ship decommissioned steam generators from an Ontario nuclear plant to a Swedish recycler.

The plant’s operator Bruce Power wants to ship 16 steel generators, which are the size of buses, to Sweden through the Great Lakes. The plant said it filed an application with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission earlier this year and hopes to start the shipments in September.

The mayors of Owen Sound and Sarnia have opposed the shipment, while John Bennett, head of the Sierra Club environmental group, has called for public consultations.

“There might be some mishap on the high seas or the Great Lakes, all of which should raise alarm bells with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission,” Bennett warned.

Bruce Power spokesman Murray Elston said the generators give off the same amount of radiation over several hours as a chest X-ray.

After their arrival in Sweden, about 90% of the metal that makes up the generators would be decontaminated and recycled, while the rest would be returned to Bruce power for burial.

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