Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy

Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy

October 17, 2012 08:00 ET

Media Advisory: A Better Alternative to Burial of Nuclear Waste?

October 18, 2012 (noon to 2 p.m.), Best Western Primrose, Toronto (Lester B. Pearson Room, 2nd floor)

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 17, 2012) - Countries around the world are contemplating burying used nuclear fuel in deep geological repositories. Not only does the material remain highly radioactive for 400,000 years, it can still be used to create huge amounts of non-carbon electricity. Join executives, engineers, researchers and other professionals at the centre's next Policy Engagement Series seminar and learn why fast-neutron reactors offer a sound alternative to burial of nuclear waste.

Guest presenter Peter Ottensmeyer will explain how these reactors greatly reduce the long-term toxicity of spent nuclear fuel. He will also discuss some of their added advantages, such as the potential to generate trillions of dollars of non-carbon electricity and to readily complement intermittent wind and solar energy sources. Mr. Ottensmeyer is a professor emeritus at the University of Toronto and a former senior scientist at the Ontario Cancer Institute. For event details, please visit http://members.peo.on.ca/index.cfm/document/1/ci_id/74920/la_id/1.

About the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy

The Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy (OCEPP), the first institute of its kind in Canada, is committed to encouraging Ontario's more than 80,000 professional engineers and engineering interns to become more involved in public policy formation and review. The centre focuses on a range of areas including engineering licensure and regulation, infrastructure, energy, transportation and healthy communities. OCEPP was founded by Professional Engineers Ontario in June 2008.

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