Nuclear Waste Dump Off The Shore Of Lake Huron? U.S. Lawmakers Have Their Say (January 2016)

Nuclear Waste Dump Off The Shore Of Lake Huron? U.S. Lawmakers Have Their SayOn March 1, the Canadian Minister of the Environment will either approve or disapprove Ontario Power Generation’s plan to build a deep geological repository that will store nuclear waste right off the coast of Lake Huron. The Great Lakes make up one-fifth of the world’s supply of fresh water, so many, not just environmental activists, are wondering why a nuclear waste dump located less than one mile from Lake Huron seems like a smart idea.

Ontario Power Generation’s plans assert that the nuclear waste dump will hold the radioactive contents for 100,000 years. Opposition points out that the Great Lakes were only created 12,000 years ago, so the proximity is irresponsible and the alleged lifespan of the repository is unrealistic.

Rep. Candice Miller wants the plans halted for good. Miller writes in The Times Herald that she has “repeatedly called on the State Department to engage the International Joint Commission to ensure we can stop the proposed project.” Miller points out that millions depend on the Great Lakes for their economic and social livelihoods.

Senator Phil Pavlov wrote in the Voice News that more than 90,000 people signed petitions at and trying to stop the nuclear waste dump from ending up on the coast of Lake Huron. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters also have strongly opposed the nuclear waste dump plans. U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee, several other state lawmakers, Mike Bradley, the mayor of Sarnia, Ontario, and at least 154 American and Canadian communities oppose the plan. The 154 communities mentioned, representing more than 21 million people, all passed resolutions opposing the plan to bury nuclear waste by the waters of the Great Lakes.

Many hope that the newly elected Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and new Environment Minister, Catherine McKenna, will do something to stop the proposed plans from being implemented.

January 7, 2016, Dawn Papple,

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