The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved an amendment to the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2018 that would protect the Great Lakes from nuclear waste.
The amendment states the governments of the United States and Canada should not allow the permanent or long-term storage of radioactive waste, including spent nuclear fuel, near the Great Lakes. The amendment now moves to the U.S. Senate floor as part of the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2018 for further consideration.
It was written in response to Ontario Power Generation request for approval to build a deep geologic repository for nuclear waste in Kincardine, Ontario, less than one mile from Lake Huron.
“The Great Lakes are the lifeblood of our great state,” U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) said. “Right now, we have four spent nuclear fuel sites, including two in Southwest Michigan right on the shores of Lake Michigan. Keeping spent fuel there in perpetuity is not an option, especially when a permanent, responsible solution has long been available. This amendment sends a bipartisan message that we will continue working to protect our Great Lakes for future generations.”
The amendment was cosponsored by Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI).
More than 35 million people rely on the Great Lakes for jobs or drinking water, and the lakes are 20 percent of the world’s freshwater.
Ten percent of Americans live in the Great Lakes basin.
Published on May 14, 2018 by Melina Druga