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GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A 100-plus year old treaty could act as the legal basis for stopping a proposed nuclear waste repository on the Canadian side of Lake Huron, according to one of Michigan’s two Democratic U.S. senators.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow said provisions within a 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty with Canada require countries on each side of the international border to review the risks of storing radioactive waste so close to the Great Lakes.

“I think it’s important we activate that treaty and make it clear we’ll have a joint agreement that protects everybody,” Stabenow said at an Aug. 12 Grand Rapids stop to talk about Great Lakes threats like oil pipelines and Asian carp.

Stabenow plans to introduce legislation next month called the Stop Nuclear Waste by Our Lakes Act that would be built around the 1909 treaty. It would mandate the U.S. State Department act to review the facility’s risk and compel the Canadian government review alternative locations.

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