Canadian panel resuming hearings on nuclear waste disposal near Lake Huron
Kincardine, Ontario — A Canadian panel is resuming public hearings on burying radioactive waste in the province of Ontario, less than a mile from Lake Huron.
The panel is considering an Ontario Power Generation plan to store low- and intermediate-level waste from nuclear power plants in rock chambers more than 2,000 feet below the earth’s surface. It conducted four weeks of hearings last year and will be back in action Tuesday.
The publicly owned power company insists it would be virtually impossible for the radiation to reach the lake, even after thousands of years. But critics in the U.S. and Canada disagree and are urging the Canadian government to reject the idea.
Some of the loudest opposition comes from Michigan. Democratic state Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood of Taylor is among critics scheduled to testify.