Michigan legislators introduce resolution of opposition to Great Lakes nuclear waste storage

Michigan – A proposed nuclear waste storage facility in Ontario, Canada continues to receive resistance, with Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI), together with Sens. Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), having introduced opposition resolutions earlier this week.

The waste storage facility being discussed is a deep geologic repository for up to seven million cubic feet of low and intermediate-level radioactive waste. The site proposed by Ontario Power Generation would put nuclear waste less than a mile from Lake Huron. The effort by Michigan’s federal delegates, however, follows previous attempts from representatives of the Great Lakes region to dissuade both the Trump Administration and Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland from the project.

“Permanently storing nuclear waste less than a mile from Lake Huron just doesn’t make sense and poses a great risk to our Great Lakes,” Kildee said. “From Detroit to Toronto, a growing number of people – in both the U.S. and Canada – have voiced opposition to this dangerous plan. Surely in the vast land mass that comprises Canada, there must be a better place to permanently store nuclear waste than on the shores of Lake Huron.”

Stabenow said the decision could be one that impacts generations to come for both the United States and Canada. A potential spill into the largest freshwater system in the world, which supplies drinking water to more than 40 million people, could have devastating effects both on residents’ health and on the environment, and was a concern highlighted both by Peters and Stabenow.

“President Trump and Secretary of State Tillerson should make every effort to prevent the Canadian government from moving forward with this proposal and work to find an alternative solution that does not jeopardize the health of the Great Lakes,” Peters said.

Numerous senators and representatives from Great Lakes bordering states have already signed on as co-sponsors for their respective legislation. The resolution, if passed, would urge both the president and secretary of state to push back on their counterparts in Canada to prevent the nuclear waste repository.

Published on March 20, 2017 by Peninsula Reports, as posted at https://michiganpeninsulanews.com/news/3336-michigan-legislators-introduce-resolution-opposition-great-lakes-nuclear-waste-storage/

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