Feds issue permit to build nuclear waste disposal site

By Natasha Bulowski  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Construction on Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ radioactive waste disposal facility won’t jeopardize the recovery of endangered turtle and bat populations, according to the federal government. On March 18, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) was granted a federal permit required under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) to start construction on its near-surface waste facility (NSDF) about 180 kilometres northwest of Ottawa. For the permit, three endangered species were considered: the Blanding’s turtle, the little brown bat and the northern long-eared bat. Ultimately, the company’s permit application was approved in mid-March by the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS), a branch of Environment and Climate Change Canada. The decision by CWS said CNL successfully demonstrated feasible measures will be taken to minimize the impact of construction on the…

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