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Algonquin chiefs disappointed but unsurprised by radioactive dump approval – CBC

Jan 11, 2024

Commission says site likely won’t cause ‘significant adverse environmental effects’

Some Algonquin leaders are looking at legal action after a highly contested radioactive waste site near the Ottawa River was approved.

This week the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission approved Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) proposal to build an engineered mound or “near surface disposal facility” close to the company’s nearly 80-year-old Chalk River site upstream from Ottawa and Montreal.

The site, like all of the broader Ottawa area, is unceded Algonquin territory and the facility would be about a kilometre from the river, an important Algonquin waterway for thousands of years.

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