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Grand Erie Energy Quest Getting Ready to Go Before Council

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CD98: Renee Berube - July 22, 2009

A group against nuclear power in Nanticoke is ready to make some real headway on the issue. The Grand Erie Energy Quest held a public meeting last night and passed a majority motion to go to Norfolk County Council and ask them to rescind their status as a "willing host" for a nuclear power plant. Meeting Facilitator, Ken Zurby says being a willing host for the nuclear facility doesn't fit with the county's official plan. Zurby says if the willing host motion is rescinded Bruce Power will have to rethink its position... they have said before that they will not spend the time and money to build a facility where they're not wanted.

Meanwhile... the anti-nuclear group will be heard by Norfolk County Council. Mayor Dennis Travale says would be happy to have them, but he says their request will not be possible because there may have been some confusion. Travale tells CD 98.9 "the resolution from council did not contain the words "willing host", Norfolk Council has never declared itself to be a "willing host", Norfolk cannot be a "willing host" simply because the proposal to build a nuclear plant is in Haldimand." Travale says what council has said on record is that whoever was interested in replacing the coal-fired plant should start an environmental assesment: which Bruce Power is in the process of doing. He adds that anyone with concerns should participate in that process.

Zurby says the term willing host has used by Norfolk Council Council, and that he has proof...

CD 98.9 has a copy of the document which Zurby is referring to - the Council Meeting Minutes from Tuesday June 12th 2007 (Resolution #19 - pages 14 & 15 "Motion Reguarding an Environmental Assessment for a Proposed Nanticoke Nuclear Power Facility").

While the phrase "willing community" is used in the resolution - it was used refering to a third party: "AND WHEREAS the Ontario Government has stated it will only site a nuclear power plant in a willing community"

COMMENTS:

earp

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I believe the words out of Bruce Power's mouth holds the key to some of this confusion...

Both Haldimand County and Norfolk County have indicated they were willing host communities through resolutions to the Minister of Energy favouring proceeding with an environmental assessment at this time. (Pages 27 and 28 of Document, http://www.brucepower.com/uc/GetDocument.aspx?docid=2817 )

jeda

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can somebody explain why Nofolk council is such a major player considering the plant is going to end up in Haldimand? Isn't this kind of like Burlington telling Hamilton what they can do?

brent

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HAHA! Jeda that is a great point....why the heck is Norfolk the power broker here?!?! I get that the impacts are felt across the imaginary lines that are the county lines, but to think Travale is the new Don of Erie is a little funny.

Why not get Brantford's opinion on the matter too?

kennyz

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do you people relize your little kids could get loukemyau from this new nuc plant do you want this in are yard tell the mayor you do not want this in are town stand prod people of dover get fired up this is your town

JimBob

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Bruce Power considers Norfolk to be part of the host community. They have made several deputations to Norfolk Council. Bruce took Norfolk Councillors of a tour of the Tiverton plant. Bruce held half of their community information sessions in Norfolk and half in Haldimand. Bruce, as Earp pointed out, has touted Norfolk's endorsement of the EA as proof of Norfolk's willingness to be a host community.

The big boosterism by Mayor Travale does present some questions, though. Haldimand will be getting 100% of the tax revenue from a $10-$15 Billion plant. Why is Travale so keen on it when Norfolk gets no new tax revenue?

Under the Ontario Municipal Act, Haldimand must consult Norfolk on matters that affect an industrial area of influence extending 3 KM beyond the county's boundary line. The proposed plant is right on the county line.

The largest concentration of population close to the proposed site is Port Dover. The Canadian Environmental assessment Agency has advised that this means Norfolk is affected and will be considered in the EA.

The mayor and some other councillors acted way too hastily in endorsing the EA. Now, they are attempting to say because it is in Haldimand, they have nothing to do with it. If they have nothing to do with it, why did they allow Bruce to take them on a tour, make deputations to council and pass a resolution endorsing an EA?

"Travale says what council has said on record is that whoever was interested in replacing the coal-fired plant should start an environmental assesment."

Not exactly. What the resolution said was:

"BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED: THAT Norfolk County Council encourage Bruce Power, and the other potential nuclear power plant developers, to move forward and start an environmental assessment process for the Nanticoke site, at the earliest possible opportunity."

Bruce and other *nuclear* developers -- not "whoever".

JB

lordy

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Hey Mr. Elve, what makes you think that the Mayor is any greater a supporter than any other member of our elected Council? Just because he called you out on your real position of supporting nuclear - but Not In My Back Yard?

I believe the Resolution of Council was unanimous (that includes Wells).

JimBob

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Sorry, Lordy, it doesn't really matter what you or the mayor think. Bruce Power is walking away from its Nanticoke proposal. GEEQ has been saying for months that the power was not needed. Smitherman has said so on numerous occasions. The invisible hand of the marketplace has worked and common business sense has prevailed. No sensible investor would back such a foolhardy plan and they've decided to cut their losses before spending any more millions on a doomed project. They won't be doing any more public relations bribery, either, I'd wager.

Thankfully, Bruce C is also a dead issue. Darlington got suspended indefinitely. Also a good thing. Now, the main anti-nuke struggle will focus on Alberta and Saskatchewan. NIMBY? No. More like NIABY. Not In Anyone's Back Yard.

JB