Public meeting to be held on nuclear proposal ; NANTICOKE

Simcoe Reformer: July 15, 2009

A public meeting on the proposed Nanticoke nuclear power plant will be held next week in Port Dover.

The purpose of the July 21 meeting is to address issues, concerns and possible negative consequences should a nuclear plant be built six kilometres from downtown Port Dover.

Jim Elve of Grand Erie Energy Quest will give a presentation outlining issues of nuclear waste and spent fuel, security concerns and public health issues. Elve recently made a similar presentation to Norfolk County Council. Grand Erie Energy Quest (GEEQ) is a grassroots anti-nuclear group that has been working to quash the nuclear plant proposal.

Economic development expert Ken Zurby, a Port Dover resident, will deliver a socioeconomic impact analysis. Now retired, Zurby has extensive experience in municipal government and administration. He will discuss possible short term benefits versus long term environmental and economic consequences.

"We're very excited to finally host a public meeting to inform Port Dover residents about the other side of the story," GEEQ spokesperson Patti Mummery said in a media release. "It seems we've been labelled as a willing host community but in talking with my friends and neighbours here in Port Dover, almost everyone says they're against the idea."

Bruce Power, which is leading the project, has held two rounds of community information sessions in several communities, including Port Dover.

"We were not allowed to distribute our informational materials inside those one-sided sessions," Mummery said. "There are a lot of things they'd rather nobody hears about." The meeting will be the first in a series of public meetings aimed at educating the public and determining whether or not Port Dover and area residents are willing to accept the risk of a nuclear plant.

A petition calling for a moratorium on nuclear development was launched last November and currently has more than 1,500 signatures, including those of MPP Toby Barrett and many Port Dover fishermen and business owners.

Next Tuesday's meeting gets underway at 7 the Port Dover Public Library, 413 Main St. Port Dover. Admission is free and all interested residents are invited to attend.