Troubles with Tritium & Shield Source in Peterborough
William E. Lynch Jr. is the owner of Shield Source, which manufactures radioactive ‘EXIT’ signs using a nuclear reactor waste by-product calledTritium. Tritium gas was first used as the detonating component in nuclear bombs. It is sourced from the Darlington Nuclear plant and transported 66kms north to Peterborough for use in “self-illuminating safety signs” .
Speaking to CHEX News’ Melody Belfry, Lynch defended Shield Source’s safety record arguing, “We’ve been in Peterborough for 26 years, we are licensed as you know by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and they are regulatory, and watching over what we do, and all the operations we have comply with all the applicable regulations.”
According to a Canadian Environmental Law Association, CELA, media release, Shield Source has “recalculated its tritium emissions for the years 2010 and 2011 at five to nine times the levels previously reported”, adding, “The new levels are more than twice the release limits allowed by the CNSC licence.” Joseph Castrilli, legal counsel at CELA is acting on behalf of a local citizen’s group, SAGE, Safe and Green Energy Peterborough, in the matter.
For CHEX News, Melody Belfry also spoke with Ruth Webster, who “works for the company and only lives five kilometers away, she thinks all of this is for nothing”. Webster told Belfry “we’re tested, all the guidelines are followed, they’re a wonderful company to work for and to be with and it just makes me upset to think of all this going on”.
Webster was in attendance at an April 19th public information meeting hosted by Shield Source. The meeting was requested by SAGE organizer and local filmmaker Jessica Rowland. The occasion was the first public meeting in the history of Shield Source which operates at the Peterborough Airport.