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Current proposals for nuclear expansion in Saskatchewan include nuclear reactors, uranium refining, conversion, enrichment, reprocessing, new uranium mines and high level nuclear waste storage. Much of the information about these expansion plans comes from the nuclear industry, specifically Bruce Power, Cameco and Areva. Saskatchewan citizens must examine these proposals carefully and critically by seeking out independent, non-industry sources. The organizations below employ the expertise of physicists, engineers, doctors, biologists, lawyers, economists and policy makers:

Nuclear Information and Resource Service

The Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) was founded to be the national information and networking center for citizens and environmental activists concerned about nuclear power, radioactive waste, radiation and sustainable energy issues (in the United States). NIRS still fulfills this core function, and has expanded both programatically and geographically. NIRS initiates large-scale organizing and public education campaigns on specific issues, such as preventing construction of new reactors, radioactive waste transportation, deregulation of radioactive materials, and more. NIRS international programs and affiliation with WISE (World Information Service on Energy) means that this network spans more than a dozen offices and programs across the globe.

Nuclear Waste Watch / Action déchets nucléaires

Nuclear Waste Watch / Action déchets nucléaires is a national network of Canadian organizations concerned about high level radioactive waste and nuclear power. Nuclear Waste Watch / Action déchets nucléaires was founded in November 2003, to provide a public-interest response to the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO). The NWMO is controlled by the nuclear industry and was mandated by the federal government under the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act to make a recommendation on the long-term management of high level radioactive waste (irradiated fuel) by November 2005. In 2007, the federal government approved the Nuclear Waste Management Organizations proposed plan, and in 2010 the Nuclear Waste Management Organization officially launched its search for communities willing to be studied as possible burial locations for all of Canada’s high level nuclear waste. As of November 2012, 21 communities are under investigation including two in Northern Saskatchewan.

Rocky Mountain Institute

Rocky Mountain Institute® (RMI) is an independent, entrepreneurial, nonprofit organization established in 1982 by resource analysts L. Hunter Lovins and Amory B. Lovins. RMI s mission is to foster the efficient and restorative use of resources to make the world secure, just, prosperous, and life-sustaining.

Save Our Shores (SOS)

Save Our Saugeen Shores, Inc., also known as SOS, is a grass roots organization established in February of 2012 after residents of Saugeen Shores learned of the Town’s plan to enter into the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s (NWMO) site selection process to find a host community for all of Canada’s current and future highly radioactive used nuclear fuel. SOS works to provide public education and raise awareness about the risks of radioactive waste and prevent its deep burial in Saugeen Shores, its neighbouring regions and the Great Lakes Basin. Their vision is to keep the town of Saugeen Shores, its neighbouring regions, and the Great Lakes Basin free from the risk of contamination resulting from the deep burial of nuclear waste.

Sierra Club Canada

Sierra Club Canada empowers people to protect, restore and enjoy a healthy and safe planet! Major national campaigns fall under the program areas of Health and Environment, Protecting Biodiversity, Atmosphere and Energy, and Transition to a Sustainable Economy. Sierra Club Canada has earned an excellent reputation within its constituency and the broader public for its thoroughly researched positions and for refusing to compromise on its ideals. Sierra Club Canada believes in the power of connection, of people everywhere working together to create a better world for all. You can also visit Sierra Club Canada on Facebook.