ISSUE: NUCLEAR – Great Lakes Nuclear Waste Dump Proposal Still Being Considered – UPDATE

This 2015 proposal could result in nuclear pollution problems that vastly surpass those created at Chernobyl and Fukushima.  It is an issue that continues to concern both Americans and Canadians alike. Sign the petition and learn more at: http://www.stopthegreatlakesnucleardump.com/


OCTOBER 23, 2015 – Will 20 % of the world’s water be placed in jeopardy?

English: Map of Lake Huron. Category:Michigan maps
English: Map of Lake Huron. Category:Michigan maps (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

October 23, 2015, 8:45am – Trudeau will decide within weeks on nuclear waste dump on Lake Huron

The Council of Canadians is calling on incoming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reject a plan to bury 200,000 cubic metres of low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste near Lake Huron.

A federal panel approved the nuclear waste dump on the shores of Lake Huron this past May, but, as the Globe and Mail reported in June, “Federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq has delayed until after the fall election, a controversial decision on whether to approve a proposed nuclear-waste facility on the shores of Lake Huron – an issue that has bitterly divided communities in the region.A decision on the nuclear waste dump is now required by early December.

It is expected that Trudeau will appoint his new minister of the environment on November 4. If the Trudeau government approves the controversial project, nuclear waste that is considered hazardous for hundreds of thousands of years would be stored just hundreds of metres from the Great Lakes, the source of drinking water for about 40 million people in two countries.

Blackburn News has reported, “Radioactive waste specialist Kevin Kamps of the U.S. based group, Beyond Nuclear, says it makes no sense to bury the waste out of reach in hopes to keep the radiation isolated for hundreds of thousands of years. He claims the federal panel accepted Ontario Power Generation’s testimony that Lake Huron would be large enough to dilute radioactive wastes if they leaked from the repository.” He says, “That a federal hearing panel would accept using the Great Lakes for the dilution of radioactive pollution as a solution to the industry’s waste management problems robs their report of any credibility.”The Council of Canadians has opposed the project for years.

Excepts from The Council of Canadians. Read more at: Trudeau will decide within weeks on nuclear waste dump on Lake Huron | The Council of Canadians


MAY 2018 UPDATE – Great Lakes lawmakers say no way

“So far, 230 municipalities in both the U.S. and Canada have passed resolutions opposing the plan, including Flint, Bay County, and Wayne County, all in Michigan; Toronto and Essex County in Ontario; Chicago, Illinois; Milwaukee, Wisconsin.; and Rochester County, N.Y.”

On Tuesday, May 8, Michigan Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee introduced an amendment he says will protect the Great Lakes from the threat of Canadian nuclear waste.  He says if a proposed Canadian facility is built in Ontario, it would “permanently store up to 52 million gallons of radioactive material less than a mile from Lake Huron.”

Photo by US Congress via wikimedia
Representative Dan Kildee, Photo by US Congress via wikimedia

 

Congressman Kildee sent this statement to Great Lakes Now: “The Great Lakes are a precious natural resource that supports our economy and way of life. Permanently storing nuclear waste on the shores of the Great Lakes is too much of a dangerous and unnecessary risk.”

Other Great Lakes lawmakers are piling on.

In May of 2015, a federal panel gave an overall seal of approval to the construction of the nuclear waste disposal site planned for a subterranean crypt below the Bruce Nuclear station.

Representatives Dingell and Upton disagree, saying it’s dangerous and a threat to the Great Lakes. They write: “This misguided proposal would mean radioactive waste would be buried less than a mile from the water source that 40 million people – Americans and Canadians – depend upon.”The report by the Joint Review Panel says , “The panel concludes that the project is not likely to causes significant adverse environmental effects.”

Dempsey says, “Politicians talk all the time about the importance of 20% of the world’s freshwater in the Great Lakes, but all too often they act as though it’s 20 gallons. It simply makes no sense to play Russian roulette with the Great Lakes. This repository should be sited outside the Great Lakes watershed. We are glad Michigan members of Congress are leading their colleagues on this issue.”

Great Lakes Now posted a story on the controversy surrounding Ontario Power Generation’s proposed plans to build the nuclear waste storage facility in February of 2017.

At that time, Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG’s) Kevin Powers sent the following statement to Great Lakes Now: “The proposal for the DGR (Deep Geological Repository) has been researched for more than a decade, and scientists agree it’s safe.”  He says , “The proposal is to move the waste 100 yards from where it currently sits above ground and then bury it 2,230 feet down into some of the most impermeable rock in the world. This rock was created 450 million years ago in an ancient ocean and has survived intact over nine glacial periods and the Continental divide. This proposal would take this waste and enclose it in this rock and seal it, containing it forever.“

OPG’s Kevin Powers says, “Scientists from around the world have studied this proposal and agree that this would keep the lake safe. It underwent the most rigorous form of assessment in Canada. More than 20, 000 pages of evidence shows this is the right place and right time for the DGS repository.”

So far, 230 municipalities in both the U.S. and Canada have passed resolutions opposing the plan, including Flint, Bay County, and Wayne County, all in Michigan; Toronto and Essex County in Ontario; Chicago, Illinois; Milwaukee, Wisconsin.; and Rochester County, N.Y.

The Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, has requested additional information on the environmental impact of the proposed nuclear waste facility. There is no timetable so far for when a final decision will be made on moving forward with the project.The Michigan State Senate also has passed a resolution opposing the Canadian nuclear waste storage site.

Excerpts from Great Lakes Now. Read more at: https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2018/05/a-nuclear-waste-dump-a-mile-from-lake-huron/

Featured Image: Aerial photo of the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station near Kincardine Ontario, by Chuck Szmurlo via wikimedia cc 3.0

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