Nuclear Tomb: W5
Catalogue Number: CTV711
Subject: Canadian Social Issues, Canadian World Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Environmental Studies, Health and Medicine, Science, Social Issues
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2017
Running Time: 20
Closed Captions: Yes
W5's Lloyd Robertson heads to Kincardine, Ontario, an idyllic cottage destination along the banks of picturesque Lake Huron. Home to nearly 12,000 residents, Kincardine is also the home of Bruce Power, the world's largest nuclear power station – a private facility under lease from Ontario Power Generation (OPG). While nuclear power may be praised for being clean and cheap, it creates an unwelcome dilemma: nuclear waste, and what to do with it.
W5 spotlights OPG's waste management system and its plans to build an underground bunker known as a Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) to contain some of Ontario's nuclear waste. Robertson interviews residents, activist groups, and politicians on both sides of the border to spotlight how the DGR project – with a proposed site only 1.2 kilometres from Lake Huron, part of the Great Lakes system and a source of drinking water for more than 40 million people – is dividing communities concerned with the safe and secure storage of nuclear waste.
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