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2 year old plans to ship nuclear generators remains on hold

The shipping plan has been opposed by Canada, USA, UK and Sweden.

Controversial canadian plans to ship 16 decommissioned nuclear steam generators for recycling in Sweden remain on hold after 2 years.

The 16 decommissioned steam generators, each the size of a school bus, were made redundant after a refurbishment of Bruce Power's 'Bruce A' nuclear reactor.

Local oposition groups are still awaiting contact from Bruce Power 9 months after a propsed consultation. Meanwhile, the generators remain housed in Kincardine, Ont., about 250 kilometres northwest of Toronto.

If a decision is not made soon, Bruce Power will lose two licences approved by Canadian Nuclear and Safety Commission (CNSC) allowing for the transport of the 1,760 tonnes of radiation-laced steel to be moved through Ontario roadways to the Great Lakes, up the St. Lawrence Seaway and across the Atlantic Ocean.

Hundreds of municipalities across Ontario, Quebec, U.S. and the U.K. and Sweden have publicly opposed the shipment, citing concerns over the potential for radioactive material to leak into water systems.

Gordon Edwards, co-founder of the Montreal-based Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, said recycling the generators will mean that the radioactive-laced metals — however minimal — will be mixed in with metals used to make consumer goods.

Information source: Linda Nguyen, Postmedia News