Murphy says St. John’s is not the place to store radioactive material

NDP Environment & Conservation Critic George Murphy

NDP Environment and Conservation critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) says a proposal by Crosbie Industrial Services to temporarily store Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials, announced in a July 2 Environmental Assessment Bulletin, must be denied in order to protect the health of local residents.

CIS has proposed to store the radioactive material, a byproduct of offshore oil and gas development, at their Logy Bay Road facility for up to a year.

“Don’t be fooled,” said Murphy. “This material may be naturally occurring, but there is nothing natural about it being above-ground.”

“An accident could be catastrophic for the families living in the surrounding neighbourhood. There can never be enough oversight for a 100 per cent guarantee of safety.”

Murphy says there is no need to store the waste here, as the technology to treat and dispose of it exists.

“A similar plan was proposed for Donovan’s Industrial Park in 2013 — it was withdrawn after I asked questions about it in the House of Assembly. I encourage Minister Crummell to put the interests of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians ahead of industry,” he said. “We should not be storing this waste in the province, let alone in a residential area.”

Crosbie Industries’ application can be found at http://www.env.gov.nl.ca/env/env_assessment/projects/Y2015/1802/1802_reg...

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