“The Great Lakes and their watershed are a critically important resource to both the United States and Canada.¬† As the largest source of fresh water in the world, millions of residents depend on the Great Lakes for their drinking water.¬† It is important that both governments work together to protect this shared resource.”
-Michigan Representative Bart Stupak’s recent letter to the EPA
The Bay City Times had an interesting (and alarming) article on plans to build North America’s first ”deep-rock” nuclear waste dump on the shores of Lake Huron. Ontario Power Generation Inc., the government-owned utility, operates its Bruce Nuclear Site and plant in Kincardine, Ontario – about 50 miles of open Lake Huron water east of the tip of Michigan’s Thumb. This photo shows how close the Bruce Nuclear facility is to the water.
Last month, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission began public hearings on a request by OPG to build a storage facility deep underground for low- and intermediate-level radioactive wastes generated at the Bruce nuclear plant site. They would carve out 38 huge caverns 700 yards underground in limestone and shale that has purportedly remained geologically stable for the past 450 million years. Low-level waste such as mops, clothing and floor sweepings and intermediate-level waste like used reactor parts would be stored there, along with similar waste from other nuclear facilities in Ontario.
This prompted Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak to say “You don’t put any kind of dump, let alone a radioactive dump, less than a mile from the Great Lakes” and to ask the EPA and the International Joint Commission on the Great Lakes to investigate the matter. (Rep Bart Stupak web site)
Also check out Ontario planning storage site near Lake Huron shore in the Port Huron Times Herald and let us know what you think about this in the comments.