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Canadian MP calls for caution on underground nuclear waste storage near Great Lakes

Lake-Huron,-Bruce-County,-OMasse calls for action on underground nuclear waste site near Great Lakes, The Windsor Star,  Dave Battagello  May 27, 2014  MP Brian Masse (NDP Windsor-West) will table a motion this week expressing concern over a proposed underground nuclear waste facility on the edge of the Great Lakes which critics say has potential to taint the waterway and drinking water.

“We don’t get a second chance on this,” he said following a press conference in Ottawa. “What we are trying to do is get a more full and robust review of nuclear storage around the Great Lakes.

“Several organizations are coming forward confronting (Ontario Power Generation’s) plan at the Bruce Nuclear Site as being a danger to the environment.”

The planned project is to construct and operate a nuclear disposal site over half a kilometre deep in the earth just north of Kincardine on the grounds of the Bruce site — and one kilometre from Lake Huron. The facility would store “low and intermediate” nuclear waste from operations of OPG-owned nuclear generation plants at Bruce, Pickering and Darlington.

There are several above ground nuclear waste storage sites near the Great Lakes, but environmentalists and politicians fear having it stored below ground makes it nearly impossible to address an accident. They say the impact would be devastating if any waste leaks into the Great Lakes……..

Masse hopes by tabling his motion it will bring the nuclear storage issue at Bruce to “a national level” and heighten awareness about potential impacts to the world’s largest freshwater supply.

“We want to ensure the assessment procedures around nuclear storage are strong enough,” he said. “We want to see if there are other ways to deal with this nuclear waste than just this one option.”

A large percentage of opposition to the OPG’s underground nuclear storage plan has come from the U.S. side of the border, Masse said.

“They have a law not to allow this stuff within 10 miles of the Great Lakes,” he said. “The Americans are concerned. This is not a moot issue to them by any means.”…….http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2014/05/27/masse-calls-for-action-in-ottawa-on-nuclear-waste-site-next-to-great-lakes/

May 29, 2014 - Posted by | Canada, wastes

2 Comments »

  1. Reblogged this on Ahaa and commented:
    Its difficult to imagine a plan for storing nuclear waste as irresponsible as this one.

    Comment by ahaanews | May 29, 2014 | Reply

  2. Reblogged this on Spartan of Truth.

    Comment by Spartan of Truth | May 29, 2014 | Reply


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