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Kildee says letters needed to stop Canadian nuclear waste storage plan

Aug 20, 2015

Bruce nuclear power plant near Kincardine, Ontario
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U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint,  is urging people in Michigan to weigh in during a 90-day public comment period on Canada's plan to build a radioactive waste storage facility near Lake Huron.

Kildee says written letters are best.

"We simply request that you stop this project and locate another facility that is not 6/10 of a mile from the greatest fresh water source on the planet," says Kildee.

The state-run Ontario Power Generation is currently seeking approval to build a nuclear waste storage facility in Kincardine, Ontario.

Canadian officials say they have done an extensive analysis of the risks, and there is no possibility that the waste could contaminate the Great Lakes.

To submit their comments, Michigan residents must write to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency by September 1, 2015. Comments can be submitted by mail or email.

Bills have also been introduced in Congress asking the State Department and the International Joint Commission to intervene.