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8/11/2017 2:47:21 PM

The leader of the Bloc Quebecois, Martine Ouellet, has made two stops in the Ottawa Valley to both familiarize herself with the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories refurbishment at Chalk River, and discuss the proposed Near Surface Disposal Facility with protesters. Thursday's visit included meeting with CNL technical experts about plans for the NSDF which is said to be critical for site transformation, as it would contain the demolished remains of more than 100 aging buildings and structures from the Chalk River Laboratories and assure CNL's continuing operation. 10 per cent of the waste planned to be stored in the NSDF would come from elsewhere. The plan for a Near Surface Disposal Facility is currently in the Environmental Assessment process, and it would appear Ouellet has made some new friends. She was guest speaker at the Nuclear Guardianship Picnic Tuesday at Pembroke's Riverside Park, where she stated her strong opposition to the proposed NSDF, according to the Daily Observer. Ouellet, a former Parti Quebecois Environment Minister, says communities on both sides of the Ottawa River would be put at risk by the proposed NSDF.    

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