Freshwater and Nuclear Waste Don’t Mix
Our friends at the Council of Canadians, headed by our board chair Maude Barlow, today warned that a proposed nuclear waste repository on Lake Huron is a serious threat to the Great Lakes.
“Extreme caution is needed when nuclear waste and freshwater are involved,” says Barlow. “Water breaches from deep geological repositories have occurred in the past and we don’t want to see that happening on the shores of Lake Huron.”
What’s more, even though the facility is only 70 kilometers (43 miles) from the U.S., residents here will not have the chance to comment. Public hearings in Canada are expected to be held in 2012 and the facility could open in 2013 and start receiving waste by 2018.
For more detail, read the full press release. For more on preserving the Great Lakes as a commons resource, read the report, Our Great Lakes Commons: A People’s Plan to Protect the Great Lakes Forever.