Soil Testing Near the G-E Hitatchi Facilty
On Monday, February 23 MP Andrew Cash and I sent a letter to the Ministry of the Environment requesting soil testing for uranium in the vicinity of the G.E. Hitachi nuclear fuel production facility at 1025 Lansdowne.
Since our community discovered that this facility was operating in our neighbourhoods, our primary concern has been the safety of those living in close proximity to the plant.
Local residents want to know that their homes and neighbourhood are safe from the serious health effects of uranium exposure. They are concerned that emissions from the plant via air and water have accumulated in the vicinity over the 50 years that the plant has been in operation. One specific concern is that the food they grow in private and community gardens is unsafe to eat.
We understand that G.E. Hitachi has hired a third party to conduct soil testing. Although G.E. Hitachi and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission have stated that there is no risk in the soil collected, the lack of transparency and public consultation by GE. Hitachi prior to this discovery has not inspired confidence in our community.
Letter re. Soil Testing to MOE, and I will keep you updated on any response we receive from the Ministry.