Nuclear power in Manitou has come under scrutiny again this time by the Canadian Atomic Energy Review Board. The latest review has found profound deficiencies in the community's nuclear emergency response plan. "It has a failing grade when it comes to community safety" stated Newton Winterfall commissioner for the CAERB.
In 2013 the Government passed a long list of regulations for nuclear plants to meet by 2017 including those recently brought online. The regulations include community emergency preparedness and evacuation plans in the event of a nuclear incident.
The plant installed emergency alert sirens in 2016, in coordination with a national program for emergency preparedness, and air quality / radiation detection stations are located within one region radius of the plant. The stations detect any elevated levels of radiation that may occur due to incident or accident at the plant. "It is the early warning system to the community that something has gone wrong" Mr. Winterfall said "the problem is that once the alert has gone out the procedures that are supposed to happen next are not in place". The CAERB released its most recent report to the Province of Alberta, the controlling investors of the nuclear plant, the Manitou city council office and the office of Manitou Tourism and called for immediate action to be taken to upgrade plans for city preparedness and response.
According to the regulations the nuclear facility, in coordination with the nearby communities, should be prepared to respond to radiation exposure to the general public and be prepared to evacuate the area within 0.25 acres (about five regions). "The community roadways are not adequately linked to allow for continuous flow out of the inclusion zone. There are no muster points, such as a community pavilion or centre, for residents to gather to be transported safely out of the inclusion zone" the report stated concerning the Mud River plant.
Following a three hour call between Manitou Tourism CAO Winter Silversmith and representatives of Mud River Power the city and nuclear plant have agreed to split the costs on the construction of several new roads and community pavilions in the Regional Municipality of Manitou. "We will begin construction of the upgrades this week starting with a new roadway linking downtown Meaford to Massey and Midland districts" Mr. Silversmith told the Corran Journal late Wednesday morning.
The new roadways and buildings are expected to cost over one thousand prims which will be split between all regions. "We may have to put a road down through the Memorial Park" Winter added "to connect Mud River to the Harbour district and provide an additional evacuation option for workers in the Mud River district".
Construction has started in Meaford and planners are deciding how to best build a road past the entry landing point for the region without unnecessary risk to pedestrians. "We will have to install special crosswalks and lighting to increase safety" said Bill D'Rite Manager for the Manitou Public Utilities Commission that mandates traffic signals and roadway lighting in addition to contracting services for the construction of roadways and sidewalks in the community.
The Province has ordered that all upgrades be completed in the community by August 15, 2017. When asked Manitou Tourism CAO Winter Silversmith stated that "there should be no problem complying with their recommendations by the due date... of course we can not control the weather".
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