Opposition to Proposed Great Lakes Nuclear Waste Dump Continues to Grow
Ontario Power Generation (OPG), a multi-billion dollar power generation company, is seeking approval to build a nuclear waste dump less than 1 mile from the shore of Lake Huron.
The Dump will extend underground to approximately 400 meters below the lake level. Some of this nuclear waste remains toxic and lethal for over 100,000 years. Approval could occur in 2014.
There are many reasons to be concerned about OPG’s plan:
• OPG did not consider or investigate any other sites for this nuclear waste dump.
• OPG failed to inform or seek input from citizens living in many Great Lakes communities in Canada and the US, or their elected officials.
• No scientist or geologist can provide a 100,000 year guarantee that this nuclear waste dump will not leak.
• Other nuclear waste dumps have leaked – including the WIPP nuclear waste dump in New Mexico, which leaked a mere 15 years after beginning operation, despite assurances that it would never leak.
This dump puts at risk the fresh water of the GREAT LAKES, relied upon by 40 million people in two countries. Any risk of buried nuclear waste entering the largest body of fresh water in the world is too great a risk to take, and need not be taken.
Opposition to OPG's plan is significant and growing. A campaign by Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump, a non- profit citizens organization, has gathered almost 56,000 signatures from all Canadian provinces and territories, all 50 US States and 96 countries around the world.
Resolutions have been passed in Ontario, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York & Wisconsin formally opposing OPG's plan. These Resolutions represent 9.5 million citizens.
A stance can be taken by signing the Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump petition at http:// www.gopetition.com/petitions/stopthegreatlakesnucleardump.html
Important links: Google Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump www.stopthegreatlakesnucleardump.com