This 2013 photo shows rows of chambers holding intermediate-level radioactive waste in shallow pits at the Bruce Power nuclear complex near Kincardine in the Canadian province of Ontario. Hearings on a permanent waste site are being held this week.
Photo Credit: John Flesher/AP

Canada: Hearings resume on nuclear waste disposal near Lake Huron

A federal review panel in Canada resumed hearings Tuesday (September 9) into a controversial decision to establish a nuclear waste site near the shore of one of North America’s biggest lakes, Lake Huron.

Situated along the Canada- U.S. border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the American state of Michigan, Lake Huron is one of the five fresh-water ‘Great Lakes’. The plan by the provincial crown corporation Ontario Power Generation to bury nuclear waste near the lake is meeting resistance in both countries.

Supporters of the decision say the plan is safe and dismiss fears it would threaten the Great Lakes. But opponents are concerned by the impact of the plan.

The Toronto Sun newspaper reports Beverly Fernandez, of Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump, has collected almost 70,000 signatures from Canadians and Americans and points out the Great Lakes are the source of drinking water for 40 million people in the two countries.

More information:
Globe and Mail – Plan to bury nuclear waste near Lake Huron safe, experts say – here
Toronto Sun – Hearings resume on OPG plan to bury nuclear waste near Lake Huron – here
Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump website –
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency review process – here

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