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St Lawrence River to get radioactive shipment 50 times over international limit

the shipment would exceed by 50 times the international allowable limits for a single shipment of radioactive waste in inland waters…..

Nuclear shipment angers municipalities By Cheryl Cornacchia, THE GAZETTE February 7, 2011 – City of Montreal officials have joined critics from across Quebec and Ontario in condemning a decision to allow a huge shipment of radioactive waste to travel through the St. Lawrence Seaway…….
In October, DeSousa said, Montreal city council passed a resolution unanimously opposing the shipment because of the risk it presents not just to Montreal but to communities all along the St. Lawrence River and around the Great Lakes.

“The safety of our residents cannot be dismissed as a negligible risk,” DeSousa said.

Together, the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence make up the world’s largest source of fresh water, a precious resource on which 40 million people rely on for drinking water.

Exposing that water system to the risk of an accidental spill of radioactive material cannot be underplayed, DeSousa said: “The safety of residents is being compromised.”

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, a binational coalition of more than 70 municipalities in Quebec, Ontario and Great Lakes states, has criticized the Bruce Power plan from the start. It has argued that the shipment would exceed by 50 times the international allowable limits for a single shipment of radioactive waste in inland waters…..

Nuclear shipment angers municipalities

February 8, 2011 - Posted by | Canada, water

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