Finding Statistics Online
How to Locate the Elusive Numbers You Need

Berinstein, Paula
Publisher:  Information Toaday Inc., Medford, USA
Year Published:  1998
Pages:  356pp   ISBN:  0-910965-25-0
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX2068

Complied by the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility (CCNR) in Montreal for the Ministers of Energy and Environment of the Newfoundland Government, this is a summary of recent findings on uranium tailings and reactor waste dispoal. The document cited are from governmental and non-governmental (consultants, public interest groups, etc.) sources in both the United States and Canada. Among the findings are those of the Interum Report on Nuclear Power of the Ontario Royal Commission on Electric Power Planning (the Porter Commission). It concluded that:
- an independant review committee be established to report to the Atomic Energy Control Board (the Canadian nuclear regulatory agency) on the progress of waste disposal research and demonstration. If the committee was not satisfied with progress by 1985, a moratorium on all futher nuclear power plants would be justified.
- uranium tailings will constitute an increasing health and environmental problem which should also be studied by an independant review committee with the future of the nuclear program assessed in light of the committe's findings, and the progress in developing proper containment technology.

Also cited in the CCNR documents are the findings of the Ontario Ministry of Environment's status on Report on Water Pollution in the Serpent River Basin, which drains the Elliot Lake area. This report describes the extensive contamination of the river system, including 18 lakes as a result of the radioactive and non-radioactive contaminants from uranium tailings. It notes that downstream from Elliot Lake, the river system is contaminated with radium such an extent that it is unfit for human use and all fish life has been killed off.
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