Local uranium plant focus of two public meetings
Bloor West Villager
Two public meetings will be held this week to discuss the controversial General Electric-Hitachi plant on Lansdowne Avenue, north of Dupont Street that produces uranium, much to the surprise of nearby residents.
The GE plant processes uranium powder pellets for Ontario’s CANada Deuterium Uranium reactors.
DigIn, the community group committed to the cultural, social, environmental and economic vitalization in Bloordale and surrounding neighbourhoods, hosts its monthly meeting Wednesday, Nov. 14, during which the nuclear manufacturing plant will be the featured topic of conversation. Guests will include representatives from GE, including the plant manager, Davenport MP Andrew Cash, Davenport MPP Jonah Schein as well as environmental activist and Trent University graduate Zach Ruiter. The meeting will take place at the Bloor/Gladstone Library, 1101 Bloor St. W. from 7 to 8:15 p.m.
“Yes, it’s a concern,” acknowledged Donna Cowan, DigIn chair. “I’m concerned about nuclear in general. I don’t like the idea of dust particles in our environment and finding out 20 years from now I’ve got cancer.”
Cowan said GE representatives have said the plant is safe, however, and there are no signs indicating the production of radioactive uranium. Ruiter, who went door-to-door around the plant, learned from local residents that they thought the non-descript building made air conditioners.
A second community meeting will be held Nov. 15 at the Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre, 1900 Davenport Rd., from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Discussions will focus on uranium mining and health impacts.
– Lisa Rainford