A Canadian government review panel has approved a plan from the Ontario electricity utility to store nuclear waste deep underground near the Great Lakes. Critics are angry over the decision.
The environmental assessment concluded that burying the hazardous nuclear material deep underground near the shore of Lake Huron is likely the best way to deal with the problem.
Environmental activists say it is an issue that affects millions of people on both sides of the border. Keith Hobbs, the mayor of Thunder Bay, Ontario, calls it a “bone-headed idea.” More than 150 communities have condemned it.
“One of our main concerns was that no other sites were looked at,” Hobbs says.
The final decision will be made by Canada’s environment minister. She has four months to make the call. If it is approved, it could be in operation within 10 years.