First the Federal Court of Canada Trial Division (T-906-99) and then the Federal Court of Appeal (A-427-00) ruled against the volunteer community group. In written judgments, each court declared itself “not an academy of science” and assessed a total of some $70,000 against the IDRA (above and beyond the legal costs) to be paid to the operators (Ontario Hydro) and the federal government.
In March of 2002, the Supreme Court of Canada turned down an application from the IDRA for an appeal of the previous court rulings. The Supreme Court assessed further costs against the IDRA at the request of the operators of the facility, Ontario Power Generation. The IDRA had reached the end of the legal line.