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Council votes against nuclear waste dump in the Great Lakes Basin.

Lake-Huron,-Bruce-County,-OMILAN: Council approves resolution opposing nuclear waste site in Canada February 22, 2014 By Lori Maranville For Heritage Media MILAN — City Council is joining many other citizen groups in the United States and Canada with its passage of a resolution opposing the construction of a nuclear waste repository in the Great Lakes Basin.

The council voted in favor of the resolution with Councilwoman Martha Churchill abstaining from the vote.
Councilman Brett Moyer, who introduced the issue, provided the council a list of other municipalities in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Canada who all have resolutions opposing the proposed radioactive waste facility expected to be built by Ontario Power Generation in Kincardine, Ont.

OPG, a publicly owned company managing the waste of the region’s nuclear facilities, plans to build the permanent underground waste site at the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station, less than a mile inland from the shore of Lake Huron and 440 yards below the lake level. The Deep Geologic Repository would provide long term containment of low and intermediate level waste……

 A Canadian nonprofit organization called “Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump” has created a website to gather support for a stance against the waste site,
The group currently has nearly 47,000 signatures on an online petition opposing the site,

Currently, Michigan has regulations prohibiting the disposal of low-level radioactive waste on any site within 10 miles of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, the Saint Mary’s River, the Detroit River or St. Clair.

The Michigan State Senate adopted a resolution in May last year asking Canadian officials to review the project and take into consideration Michigan’s rules for siting, as well as international agreements between the two countries that call for reducing radiological contamination. ….

Councilman Douglas Gilson said he was in favor of the resolution and thanked Moyer for bringing the issue before Council.

“You’re talking about our children’s future and our grandchildren’s and their children’s future when you’re putting this stuff right next to a Great Lake,” Gilson said of the planned facility…….To date, the project still needs the go ahead from Canada’s Ministry of the Environment before OPG can proceed with plans. A decision is expected sometime this year, and, if the project is approved, it is expected to be in development over a period of five to seven years.

February 24, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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