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In this issue..

Ghosts of a Nuclear Graveyard


by Hugh Kruzel


"The use of atomic energy has been described quite accurately as the equivalent of living in an apartment without a toilet." (from "Exposure: Victims of Radiation Speak Out," The Chugoku Newspaper, 1992)


What is the DGR? It is the insanity of burying nuclear waste. 

Whether on the shores of Lake Huron or in desert-like conditions of New Mexico, out-of-sight must not be the temporary solution for a compounding mistake. The DGR may have multiple meanings (Dangerous Goods Regulations is close but not the right one) but here it is the Deep Geological Repository. At best these warehouses will be a band-aid to a wound that will fester and eventually weep. 

The nuclear energy and waste industry loves using acronyms. OPG (Ontario Power Generation) and the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) are hoping someone will say yes to hosting a high level nuclear waste storage site. They would not use the words "Dangerous" or "Storage" when "Management" sounds so much more benign.


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