What is a newly elected politician to do when faced with a decision as complex as it is controversial?
Stall, of course!
In the latest installment of the ongoing saga of a proposed nuclear waste facility on the Canadian shore of Lake Huron, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna has once again postponed a final ruling on the plan, according to the Toronto Sun.
October. December. March. One deadline after another sailed past without a decision on a plan more than five years in the making. Now the company planning the dump has a deadline of its own. Ontario Power Generation has until April 16 to submit a timeline for providing the additional information McKenna has requested, which includes an updated analysis of potential combined environmental effects of the OPG low and intermediate repository site and a potential Nuclear Waste Management Organization site located close to the proposed site, an updated list of the company's commitments to mitigate any identified effects from the project, and a study into the environmental effects of alternate sites.
Until then, no new deadline has been set for a final decision, which represents neither victory or defeat for all involved. The Mayor of Sarnia Mike Bradley had this to say about the whole situation:
“It’s sort of like getting a kiss from your grandmother. It’s nice, but it doesn’t mean a lot."
"I'm so geeked," said Elizabeth Zimmer-Lloyd, a Port Huron resident and member of the Great Lakes Environmental Alliance. "Oh my God, I'm so happy."