Canada is the world's largest exporter of uranium and operates nuclear reactors including on the Great Lakes. Attempts are underway to introduce nuclear power to the province of Alberta and to use nuclear reactors to power oil extraction from the tar sands.
As an official intervening party to the proceeding on Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) application to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA), for a license to construct and operate a Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) for the burial and abandonment of all of Ontario's "low" and "intermediate" level radioactive wastes on the Lake Huron shoreline, Beyond Nuclear just received the transmission from CEAA, below. Why OPG is being given yet another bite at the apple, is not explained. CEAA, CNSC, and the Canadian federal Environment Minister, Catherine McKenna, should declare the DGR a failure, and cancel it for good! No more second (third, fourth, fifth, etc.) chances for such an insane, half-baked scheme that threatens the drinking water supply for 40 million people in eight states, two provinces, and a large number of Native American First Nations.
Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) Project for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has requested additional information from Ontario Power Generation following its technical review of the Response to the request by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. The technical review included a comment period to receive the views of the public, Indigenous groups, and expert federal departments and ran from January 18 to March 6, 2017.
The request is available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry Internet Site (Registry) at the following location: http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/document-eng.cfm?document=118537
For information on the DGR project, please visit the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry (the Registry) website at canada.ca/ceaa, reference number 17520. Interested Parties are encouraged to check the Registry regularly to view documents related to the additional information. All records produced, collected or submitted in respect of the environmental assessment will be considered public and posted on the registry unless they are excluded for reason of privacy, confidentiality or security.
Deep Geologic Repository Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor
Ottawa, ON K1A 0H3
The report features such opponents to the DUD (short for Deep Underground Dump) as U.S. Representative Dan Kildee (Democrat-Michigan), representatives from Great Lakes Environmental Alliance (GLEA) in the Port Huron, Michigan area, representatives from Save Our Saugeen Shores (SOS) Great Lakes, and other concerned residents who lives in the shadows of Bruce Nuclear Generating Station and its proposed DUD.
SOS Great Lakes has responded to the CTV/W5 coverage with a press release, "Kildee opposition to Lake Huron nuclear waste dump creates national coverage in Canada."
U.S. Representative John Moolenaar (Republican-Michigan) has published an op-ed in the Midland Daily News, stressing the importance of protecting the Great Lakes environment, including this passage:
We must also protect the Great Lakes from the dangers of nuclear waste. The Canadian government has proposed using a site on the shores of Lake Huron to store nuclear waste. Lake Huron is a treasure between our two countries and I hope the government of Canada will look for a new location outside of the Great Lakes Basin. I have sent a letter to the Trump administration asking it to work on this issue with Canada and find a more suitable location that will not endanger the Great Lakes ecosystem.
Stabenow, Peters, Kildee Introduce Resolution Opposing Nuclear Waste Storage Site in Great Lakes Basin
Stabenow and her Democratic junior U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, as well as U.S. Representative Dan Kildee (Democratic-Flint Twp., MI) continue to lead a bicameral, bipartisan coalition of members of congress, striving to protect the Great Lakes against Canada's proposed shoreline radioactive waste dump.
As listed in the press release, the coalition currently includes:
U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Al Franken (D-MN), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) are also original co-sponsors of the Senate resolution. Mike Bishop (MI-08), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), David Joyce (OH-14), Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Louise Slaughter (NY-25), Mark Pocan (WI-02), David Trott (MI-11), Jackie Walorski (IN-02), Luis Gutiérrez (IL-04), Sander Levin (MI-09), Paul Mitchell (MI-10), Brian Higgins (NY-26), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), and John Moolenaar (MI-04) are also original co-sponsors of the House resolution.
If YOUR U.S. Senator(s) and U.S. Representative are included above, please contact them and thank them.
If NOT, please urge your U.S. Senator(s) and Representative to add their name as a co-sponsor!
You can phone your U.S. Senators' and U.S. Representative's D.C. offices via the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
You can also look up your U.S. Senators' D.C., as well as in-state, office phone numbers (and also online email web forms) at this helpful Center for Biological Diversity directory.
Also see "Nuclear Tomb: A Town Divided," as reported by CTV's program W5.
The report features such opponents to the DUD (short for Deep Underground Dump) as U.S. Representative Dan Kildee (Democrat-Michigan, a leader of the bipartisan, bicameral U.S. congressional effort described above), representatives from Great Lakes Environmental Alliance (GLEA) in the Port Huron, Michigan area, representatives from Save Our Saugeen Shores (SOS) Great Lakes, and other concerned residents who lives in the shadows of Bruce Nuclear Generating Station and its proposed DUD.