Canada delays decision to put nuclear waste site near Great Lakes

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - (12/07/15) - Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Canada once again delayed their decision to put a nuclear waste site near the Great Lakes.

Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee says he is worried of the proposed site. He says although it is on the other side of the border, the proposed location is on the shores of his district and less than a mile from the Great Lakes.

Kildee has been pushing for legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives against the Kincardine proposal, a plan that would bury nearly 37,000 square feet of low-to intermediate-level radioactive waste in a facility 2,000 feet underground near Kincardine, Ontario.

In an environmental assessment, a panel said it was not likely to cause significant adverse effects. Kildee said he has sent letters to the Canadian Prime Minister to delay the decision to do further review.

“Six tenths of a mile from the greatest fresh water source on the planet, water that 40 million people depend upon, that is not the best place to put a nuclear storage facility. If logic prevails, they’ll come to that conclusion themselves,” Kildee said.

Kildee said the decision that was originally scheduled for December has now been delayed until March 1. He said he hoped by that time they will realize this isn’t the best location.

Michigan senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters have also voiced their opposition to the project.

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