1978 A joint statement by the governments of Canada and Ontario directs AECL to develop concept of deep geological disposal. The Federal government asked the Standing Committee on National Resources and Public Works to hold hearings on the Hare report. They called for briefs to be submitted from interested parties.
In the spring of 1978, presentations were made to Atikokan township council on Nuclear Waste Disposal Program by Ontario Hydro and again by AECL.
In July, Atikokan township council passes resolution asking the federal Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources to direct AECL to do test drilling near Atikokan to find out if rock were suitable for waste disposal.
In November, four Atikokan residents organised local cable TV phone-in show with Gordon Edwards.
Atikokan In July of 1979, peaceful demonstration at drill site by 75-100 Atikokan and other NW Ontario residents, to protest fact that petitions, totaling 20,000 signatures, asking that public hearings and a referendum precede test drilling, had been ignored.
The people of Atikokan already said NO to a nuclearwaste dump. Twice.”
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