Lawmakers express concern over plan to store nuclear waste near Lake Huron

GreatLakesA group of Michigan lawmakers is asking Canada to reject a plan to store low and intermediate-level nuclear waste near the shores of Lake Huron.

Ontario Power Generation would like to store the waste in specially-created corridors 2,200 feet below the Earth’s surface. However, those corridors would be located less than a mile from Lake Huron.

“I don’t think it’s possible to exaggerate the potential effect of an accident that could take place at a site like that,” said U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint). “We know from the history of the world, and even recent history, thinking of Japan in particular, that nuclear waste is volatile. And to have that kind of risk right off the shores of the world’s greatest freshwater source, to me, is just not responsible.”

Kildee was joined by four other Michigan lawmakers in asking Canada to consider alternative sites for nuclear waste storage.

“If you think about the vastness of the Canadian landscape,” said Kildee, “there are certainly other places that are less environmentally sensitive than the greatest freshwater source on the planet, and we just think they ought to take a look at other options.”

24 million U-S residents get their drinking water from the Great Lakes, and the lakes play a significant role in Michigan’s 13-billion-dollar tourism industry.

Kildee says all that would be in jeopardy if there was ever a leak or accident at the site.

On The Web:
Kildee’s letter to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s Joint Review Panel