August 28, 2014 at 3:26 pm

U.S. Rep Kildee plans resolution opposing nuclear waste facility near Lake Huron

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, plans to introduce a congressional resolution that opposes Canadian plans to store nuclear waste near the shore of Lake Huron.

In a Thursday appearance in Bay City, Kildee announced a measure calling on President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to “ensure that the Canadian government does not permanently store nuclear waste in the Great Lakes Basin.”

“As Michiganders, we know that our Great Lakes are an invaluable and precious resource that we must protect now and for future generations,” Kildee said in a statement. “That’s why Canada’s proposed plan to permanently store millions of tons of radioactive waste near Lake Huron is so troubling, and why we must take action to ensure such a storage facility is never built so close to our shared water resources.”

For years, Ontario Power Generation has pursued approval for a deep geologic repository — a massive underground storage facility — to handle Canada’s low-level to intermediate radioactive nuclear wastes on the grounds of its Bruce nuclear facility near the city of Kincardine. The plan would put waste within three-quarters of a mile from Lake Huron.

U.S. officials have voiced strong opposition out of fears Lake Huron could be contaminated. The company wants to locate its storage facility 2,230 feet below the ground and three-quarters of a mile from the Lake Huron shore. It’s a set-up many U.S. officials argue opens the door to potential contamination of drinking water for millions of people.

Ontario Power Generation officials contend the geologic formation where the material would be stored is ideal to keep the material safely secured. The project is still moving through the approval process in Ontario.

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