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Nuclear company will pay to ‘educate’ Saskatchewan Indian Nations about Nuclear Wastes

The money comes from the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, the group created by Canada’s nuclear electricity industry to find a new home for nuclear fuel waste.

Nuclear group gives First Nations $1M for meetings, November 18, 2010  CBC News The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations has been given $1 million to hold information sessions on nuclear waste storage, but environmentalists are leery about the idea.

The money comes from the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, the group created by Canada’s nuclear electricity industry to find a new home for nuclear fuel waste.

Currently, the waste is stored at various nuclear reactor sites, but the organization wants to bury it deep underground in stable rock formations.

The group believes Saskatchewan is among a number of regions that could be candidates for storage.

So far, two northern communities—the English River First Nation and the Métis village of Pinehouse—have come up as potential sites.

There are still questions about nuclear waste among First Nations people and that’s why the information sessions, spread over three years, are so important, says Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations vice-chief Lyle Whitefish.

Bias feared

Although the information at the sessions will be coming from the waste management organization, this doesn’t mean the FSIN has taken sides in the debate, Whitefish said.

“Our role is basically to educate, that’s all we do,” he said. “By accepting the dollars, that’s for education. It’s not to create a position for the FSIN.”

However, Cathy Holtslander, who’s with the Coalition for a Clean Green Saskatchewan, wonders whether the information will be biased.

“It needs to have independent information, not information from a group that has an interest in basically looking after their problem,” she said.

Meanwhile, Saskatchewan Energy and Resources Minister Bill Boyd says the public appetite for nuclear waste storage doesn’t appear to be very strong. Provincial jurisdiction is limited on reserves, but the province would have a say in how the waste is transported, he added….

CBC News – Saskatchewan – Nuclear group gives First Nations $1M for meetings

November 19, 2010 - Posted by | Canada, indigenous issues, spinbuster | , , , , ,

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