The government scientists gave no information about the site other …

Comment on No takers for national nuke waste at public meeting by Michael LaFlamme.

The government scientists gave no information about the site other than a 20x25km satellite photo, but asked citizens for their comments.
In 2014 the CLC was similarly asked to nominate a waste site with no information. David Ross said: “We have told the government since 2005 that its process and the legislation were incompatible with the principle of prior informed consent. No one does business on this basis.”
At the same time, other countries are requiring informed consent, such as Canada, Europe, the US (e.g. The Nuclear Waste Informed Consent Act), as well as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. It is international best practice.

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