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Public comment period closes on Canada’s Lake Huron nuclear waste dump proposal via Michigan Live

SAGINAW, MI — Canada’s Deep Geologic Repository Joint Review Panel has closed the public comment period on a proposal to bury 7 million cubic feet of nuclear waste near the shores of Lake Huron.

Ontario Power Generation is seeking permission to store roughly 200,000 cubic meters of low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste deep inside limestone caverns near its Bruce Nuclear Generating Station about 13 miles north of Kincardine, Ontario.

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The site is about 100 miles away from the water intakes at Au Gres that provide drinking water to Saginaw and Midland and surrounding communities, almost straight east across Lake Huron. Most of Bay County is soon expected to join that intake system. It is also about 120 miles away from intakes that provide drinking water to much of Southeast Michigan.

Michigan Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, responded to news that the public comment period has ended, moving the plan forward to the next stage.

“I sincerely hope the Canadian government will adhere to their own standard set in the 1980s, when they asked the U.S. not to build a nuclear repository near shared, significant watersheds,” Pavlov said. “The Great Lakes are far too precious a natural resource to be put in harm’s way.”

Pavlov is not the only voice of opposition to the Canadian proposal.

Concerns have also been expressed by many other government leaders including U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, State Sen. Mike Green and State Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood and State Rep. Sarah Roberts.

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