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Nukes Over Troubled Waters: Proposed Nuke Dump Near Lake Huron Alarms U.S., Canada

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Plans for a nuclear waste facility near the US-Canadian border – less than a mile from one of the world’s largest sources of fresh water – has triggered a public outcry among Americans and Canadians.

  A heated debate is surfacing over Ontario Power Generation’s  ambitious plans to burrow 2,200 feet underground near Kincardine,  a small town of just over 11,000 in the province of Ontario,  Canada, to construct a nuclear waste storage facility.  
  The radioactive waste has been steadily accumulating from  Ontario’s 20 nuclear reactors.  
  A review panel appointed by the Canadian government will issue a  recommendation in coming weeks to Canada’s Cabinet, which will in  turn decide whether or not to approve the utility’s plan.  
  Public opposition to the proposal would probably have remained  muted if not for one glaring footnote: The site for the planned  nuclear waste dump is situated less than a mile away from the  sparkling shores of Lake Huron, which, together with Lakes  Superior, Michigan, Erie, and Ontario, comprise the largest group  of freshwater lakes on Earth, with 21 percent of the world’s  total supplies.  
  While tens of millions of American and Canadian residents depend  upon the Great Lakes for their supplies of fresh water, an  increasingly threatened global resource, many others look to the  business opportunities connected to the 94,250 square-mile  (151,000sq km) body of water.  
  In the US state of Michigan alone, the fishing industry pulls in  $2.4 billion annually, while the tourism industry generates an  estimated $13 billion. Given these factors, it’s no wonder that  the proposed nuclear dump is generating such hostility.  
“I’m up in arms,” Michigan resident Sherry Hummel of  Williamsburg, Michigan told the Times Herald. “It’s just a  dangerous, dangerous thing to do near 20 percent of the world’s  [unfrozen surface] fresh water.”


Written by voiceoftruthusa

October 28, 2013 at 7:35 pm

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