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Peterborough editorial: Most councillors based BWXT vote on facts

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City council's decision not to object to a proposal for uranium pellet manufacturing at the former General Electric plant is no surprise.

The group of neighbours near the Monaghan Road site who campaigned to prevent BWXT Nuclear Energy from adding "pelleting" to its existing operations couldn't convince council the operation is dangerous.

The evidence in BWXT's favour is strong.

The primary concern CARN (Citizens Against Radioactive Neighbourhoods) is that nuclear dioxide powder that would be compressed into pellet form and used in fuel rods for nuclear reactors could escape the plant and infiltrate their homes and nearby Prince of Wales school.

They are concerned this could happen in the normal course of manufacturing operations, or after a trucking spill or a cataclysmic event like a fire, explosion or natural disaster.

But the........

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