Saskatchewan

Sask. should be considered for nuclear waste, report says

A study on the future of nuclear waste in Canada says Saskatchewan is one of four provinces that should be considered as a site for storage.

A study on the future of nuclear waste in Canada says Saskatchewan is one of four provinces that should be considered as a site for storage.

In its final report, released on Thursday, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization said Canada is running out of storage room at its nuclear power stations and should make plans to store nuclear waste deep underground.

A location for nuclear waste disposal hasn't been selected, but the report says site selection should focus on the four provinces which are involved in producing nuclear fuel: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan.

Unlike the other three provinces, Saskatchewan doesn't have a nuclear power plant but is a big exporter of uranium used in the stations.

However, the Premier is now ruling out storing radioactive waste here and one of his cabinet ministers, Corrections and Public Safety Minister Peter Prebble, said if that ever changed, he would quit.

"I would have to step down from cabinet … in the theoretical event that cabinet was to endorse a reactor or a nuclear waste disposal facility," Prebble said. "Neither is on the horizon and I don't see that event occurring … but yes, that is where I would draw the line."

Prebble says the government should not allow a nuclear reactor or its waste in this province as long as members of the New Democratic Party are opposed to the ideas.

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