It has absolutely nothing to do with removal of low-level radioactivity; nor does it have anything to do with money. It's all about Harper getting votes; just the same as it was about Chretien getting votes in 2001. There's a great political advantage in generating public fear, as every prime minister or president knows...
From: email@example.com.McMaster.CA [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.McMaster.CA] On Behalf Of Jerry Cuttler
Sent: January 18, 2012 6:52 PM
To: Canadian Nuclear Discussion List
Subject: [cdn-nucl-l] Canadian government to clean up low-level radioactive waste
$1.28 billion? That's quite a sum to pay to remove (human-made) low-level radioactivity.
There is no initiative to clean up the towns of Ramsar, Iran or Misasa, Japan. I can imagine what such projects would cost.
Just think what could be done with this amount of money, if the public did not fear low-level radiation.
Nuclear waste storage projects
17 January 2012
Canadian government has announced that it will fund two projects to clean up
low-level radioactive waste over the next 10 years. The government said it would
invest CAD 1.28 billion of federal funds to address some 1.7 million cu m of
waste resulting from five decades of radium and uranium refining operations at
Port Hope and Clarington, Ontario by the former Crown corporation Eldorado
Nuclear Ltd and its private sector predecessors.