Nuclear plant will label Port Dover badly

Port Dover Maple Leaf: JOHN MOREY Home Owners of Vaughn Survey Assn, - July 22, 2009

A map taken from Map Quest shows that the proposed site of the Bruce Nuclear Power plant is 6.2 kilometres (less than 4 miles) from downtown Port Dover.

The community of Port Dover is increasing in size exponentially far greater than any other town in the area. The reason for this is because of its’ reputation as a great community to live in and raise your children, away from the big city in a natural, picturesque environment and also a great community to retire to with many amenities to attract active seniors.

Port Dover is also renowned as a tourist destination, with people drawn to the wonderful beach, boating facilities, the theatre production company restaurants and festivals that happen all summer long. Construction of this power plant will change all this.

Pickering also has many wonderful attributes, more marinas, conservation areas and beaches, but it’s infamous and known only for being the home of a nuclear power plant.

It is also thought that the new plant will bring in many new job opportunities, but Bruce Power themselves say that they will employ 1000 people "from the time construction starts until the reactors are activated". So, many of the jobs are not long term and of those that are, how many will require skills and nuclear knowledge that will require bringing in employees from outside? Meanwhile, no one is taking into account the people currently employed at the Nanticoke Generating facility that will be then looking for employment.

At the rate Port Dover has been growing, retirees and families willing to commute will far outnumber the permanent staffing requirements of the power plant, but this influx will slow down if not stop completely Real Estate agents are already making comments about the decrease in sales, simply because the plant is being proposed.

A nuclear plant less than 6 1/2 km, from all the amenities Port Dover has to offer will change the perception of Port Dover and there only need be the rumour of a spill or a contamination, which Bruce Power has admitted happening at their existing plant with the caveat that they were "within guidelines", and those that were attracted to Dover will now avoid it. lt will no longer be thought of as a tourist and retirement destination. Certainly the bikers will still come for biker days, but after driving by a nuclear power plant so close to their destination, will they return again and again during the summer as they do now bringing in huge revenues to the town, or will they opt to go elsewhere?

Peoples thoughts will be of: "l wonder what exactly is being emitted into the water by the power plant?" and "Should we really be bathing in or eating this fish coming out of the lake? Who knows what it c0ntains." or maybe "Should we perhaps keep looking for somewhere else to retire'?".

Are these questions we can afford to learn the answers to the hard way? Please think long and hard before embracing this installation
and giving approvals for it to proceed.