Michigan lawmakers ask Canada to scrap plans for nuclear waste dump on Lake Huron
Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014
By Jim Bloch, Voice Reporter
At a May 19 press conference, State Rep. Paul Muxlow, State Sens. Mike Green and Phil Pavlov, and Rep. Dan Lauwers call for a halt to the proposed nuclear waste dump on the shores of Lake Huron in Kincardine, Ontario. Photo by JIM BLOCH
Calling a nuclear waste dump proposed for Kincardine, Ontario, less than a mile from Lake Huron, not safe and not acceptable, a contingent of state legislators asked last week for President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, the U.S. Congress and other parties to intervene and stop the so-called Deep Geologic Repository.
With the Blue Water Bridge and the St. Clair River as a backdrop, State Sen. Phil Pavlov, who represents St. Clair and Lapeer counties, State Rep. Dan Lauwers, of Brockway Township, State Sen. Mike Green, of Mayville, and State Rep. Paul Muxlow, of Brown City, held a press conference on May 19 to demand that the proposed dump be scrapped. All the men are Republicans.
Lake Huron is the centerpiece of our lifestyle and economy, said Pavlov.
The senator said he was shocked to learn of the Canadian governments effort to bury nuclear waste so close to our world class water resource.
Pavlov urged residents to visit ProtectLakeHuron.com and sign a petition opposing the dump.
With your help, well put a stop to Canadas dangerous plan to bury nuclear waste near Lake Huron, Pavlov said.
The lawmakers said they would introduce concurrent senate and house resolutions calling on President Obama and Congress to work through the International Joint Commission to stop the dump.
The IJC was set up under the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty to resolve issues between Canada and the U.S. related to the Great Lakes. According to the IJCs website, its two main functions are regulating shared water uses and investigating transboundary issues and recommending solutions.
The legislators said a second concurrent resolution would ask the Great Lakes Commission to study the nuclear dump and take a stand on it.
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