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Chalk River nuclear waste facility decision paused for consultation with two First Nations – National Observer

July 7th 2022

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission will give two First Nations more time to weigh in on a proposed facility for storing nuclear waste in Chalk River, Ont., roughly 180 kilometres northwest of Ottawa.

The move comes after local First Nations fought to delay a decision on the project, arguing the commission had failed to consult with Indigenous communities in the area.

“It’s a huge victory for us,” Coun. Justin Roy of Kebaowek First Nation told Canada’s National Observer. During a public hearing last month, Roy requested the hearing be adjourned on behalf of the First Nation due to the “failure to consult with our community and all other Algonquin communities.”

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