For the past several years, a coalition of U.S. and Canadian politicians have been fighting against Ontario Power Generation’s plans to dump nuclear waste at a site less than a mile from the shores of Lake Huron. Those plans are still on track, but a set of U.S. senators are stepping up their efforts to stop it.
Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, both Democrats, signed onto a resolution to stop the project.
“Canada is facing a critical decision that will impact generations in both our countries,” Senator Stabenow said. “A nuclear waste spill near the Great Lakes could have a devastating impact on our health and environment and threaten our Michigan way of life. Given what is at stake, I urge our Canadian neighbors to make the right choice and shelve plans for this site once and for all.”
“The Canadian proposal to build a permanent nuclear waste repository less than a mile from Lake Huron could cause significant, lasting damage to the Great Lakes and undermine the progress we have made cleaning up the water quality in the Great Lakes Basin,” Senator Peters said. “President Trump and Secretary of State Tillerson should make every effort to prevent the Canadian government from moving forward with this proposal and work to find an alternative solution that does not jeopardize the health of the Great Lakes.”
“Permanently storing nuclear waste less than a mile from Lake Huron just doesn’t make sense and poses a great risk to our Great Lakes,” Congressman Kildee said. “From Detroit to Toronto, a growing number of people – in both the U.S. and Canada – have voiced opposition to this dangerous plan. Surely in the vast land mass that comprises Canada, there must be a better place to permanently store nuclear waste than on the shores of Lake Huron.”