Will the Minister protect our lakes and rivers from radioactive waste?

Nathan Cullen (Skeena – Bulkley Valley):Mr. Speaker, the current government is now considering a plan to allow the shipping of 1,600 tonnes of radioactive waste across the Great Lakes along the St. Lawrence Seaway. This dangerous plan will threaten our environment with the catastrophic nuclear contamination of our largest waterway. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission tried to get this through under the radar with no debate and no consultation. This plan will put more than 50 million people at risk. An accident under this plan could be Canada’s Chernobyl.

Will the minister demand a full environmental assessment, including public hearings, into this reckless plan?

Christian Paradis Minister of Natural Resources: Mr. Speaker, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has received an application by Bruce Power to ship 16 steam generators to Sweden. A public hearing will be held by the commission on September 28 and 29. The application will be subject to proper review.