Nuclear waste storage near Lake Huron? Congress pushes back

WASHINGTON — Virtually all of Michigan’s U.S. House delegation today joined a bipartisan group urging Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to do all he can to stop a Canadian power company from building an underground facility to store low- to intermediate-level nuclear waste near Lake Huron.

The letter — which was signed by 32 members of Congress, including 13 of Michigan’s 14-member House delegation — was arranged by U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, and Dave Trott, R-Birmingham. The only member of the Michigan delegation who did not sign was U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township.

The letter comes on the heels of a 143-page report prepared by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) concluding that selection of an alternative site could be cost prohibitive and present a greater risk of accidents and pollution with waste being trucked potentially thousands of kilometers.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is considering whether to recommend approval of OPG’s deep geologic repository, which the company maintains is the safest alternative, placing the nuclear waste some 2,200 feet below the earth’s surface at the company’s Bruce site in Kincardine, Ontario.

Todd Spangler , Detroit Free Press Published 11:24 a.m. ET June 7, 2017 | as posted at

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