Letter: If it walks like a duck…

In a report on CNL’s request for the support of Laurentian Hills council, the NRT, April 26 quotes Mark Lesinski: “Proposed waste site is not a dump, says CNL” in large bold text. 

Ole Hendrickson then notes in the same NRT edition on the same Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) topic that: “repeating words over and over does not make them true.”

So, with maple syrup season now over, I spent some time perusing the formidable (NSDF) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) report online.

Thanks to Bill Gates and company, no less than 33 references to Mr. Lesinski’s non-existent “dump” are instantly found. Fourteen of these refer to the “dump road.”

To be fair, this term is historically inherited nomenclature, although only employees and former employees would likely be aware of that.

But, moving forward, the astute observer will also find no less than 10 identical references to the phrase, “dump operations are suspended when wind speeds exceed the specified criterion.”

To further confuse the good council members of Laurentian Hills and their constituents, a whole suite of NSDF equipment is then described: “dump trucks, dump trailers, highway semi-dump trailers, tandem dump trucks and dump ramps.”

Refuse is also mentioned numerous times. Unfortunately the report glossary does not define this technical term as it is used by the waste management community.

The EIS’s erudite research reference to “Use of a garbage dump by brown bears in Alaska,” is a good read, but perhaps was inserted mischievously by Golder and Associates, to see if anyone at CNL actually read the EIS?

I did, for a while though, have confidence in Mr. Lesinski’s quoted assertion that press reports (not in the NRT of course) stating the NSDF will become a home for nuclear fuel are false.

Then, I discovered, amongst the so-called “bounding” inventory list of radionuclides permitted to be placed in the NSDF, that 1,000 tonnes of uranium is quoted.

This confidence-destroying limit is noted without explanation in the EIS, obscured as it is by using units incomprehensible to the layperson.

If it talks like a dump, obfuscates like a dump, and can’t be seen from the Ottawa River or Highway 17, whatever could it be?

Dave Winfield, Point Alexander