South Dundas - March 10, 2015 - The building permit for the grain bins at the Universal
Terminals(UTI) facility in South Dundas is under appeal, a lengthy
process initiated to stall or block the development. The possible
success of said appeal leads this writer to wonder, what else could
could be done with the UTI property?
Opponents of the grain bins have stated that a suggested use for the
port, the only port on the Canadian side of the St. Lawrence Seaway
between Prescott and Montreal, could be to develop the land into a
marina and residential community. More residential homes are great,
but one does need a job in order to locate in the community.
Problem is, no matter what industry wants to locate at the port, some
critics will find a reason for it to not locate there. What if there
was an industry that had the support of some of the grain bin critics?
One that provides high-paying jobs, government investment into the
port, and for the municipality, high tax revenue. That industry is,
Yes, nuclear waste. Spent fuel rods from the many nuclear power plants
in Canada, which the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has
looking across Canada for a site for permanent storage, including
several Northern Ontario towns. Why not store it in South Dundas? Why
not store it at the port?
The port is on the St. Lawrence Seaway, making for easy shipment of
waste from Bruce Nuclear Power Plant, or Darlington, or Pickering.
With rail only one kilometer north of the port, the other sites would
have an easy method of shipping to the storage facility too.
It is a well document fact in the press, that at least one member of
the anti-grain bin group supports storing nuclear waste in their
community, as a “great economic development tool”. Nuclear waste could
be a catalyst for bringing good paying jobs to South Dundas.
Storing soybeans, wheat, corn, and other crops are so dangerous. All
that dust and noise, and the potential for explosion. Nuclear Waste is
a much safer industry for South Dundas. Just the potential of a
“little” radiation, nothing to worry about, at all.