Petition calls for moratorium on nuclear development


This week, a group of Haldimand and Norfolk County residents launched a petition calling for a moratorium on a proposed nuclear power plant in Nanticoke.

According to Grand Erie Energy Quest member Janet Fraser, the demand for a complete moratorium resulted from municipal councils endorsing an environmental assessment for Bruce Power's project without consulting properly with the communities.

Founded last year, the group created a website to offer information to residents so they could make an informed decision about energy generation options. Alternatives to nuclear power have yet to be explored by political leaders, according to the group.

A moratorium is requested until issues of contamination, costs, security, and public consultation are adequately addressed.

The petition will be distributed across the two counties and then copies will be presented to Haldimand and Norfolk County councils, the Ontario legislature, Haldimand Norfolk MP Diane Finley and Haldimand Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett.

South Cayuga resident Donna Pitcher was originally working on the group's petition but backed out because she is not anti-nuclear power at this point. In an interview with The Chronicle, she declined to give a position about this power source but said she will not sign the group's petition.

Haldimand County council betrayed the community's trust by failing to hold at least one public meeting and failing to make a decision in partnership with residents, she said. Meanwhile, council had time to talk to Bruce Power over the past two years, she added.

Pitcher also had expectations of the power generation company.

"I want proof (of nuclear power safety). I want Bruce Power to be held accountable for this process," I want them to prove above and beyond with public involvement. So far I'm not disappointed."

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