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U.S. Senate resolution opposes Canadian nuke waste plan

Sep 21, 2014

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Carl Levin has introduced a resolution urging the Obama administration to oppose a Canadian proposal to bury radioactive waste less than a mile from Lake Huron.

U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI)
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

A federal panel in Canada is taking testimony on the plan to store low- and intermediate-level waste from nuclear power plants in rock chambers more than 2,000 feet below the earth's surface.

Ontario Power Generation says the lake would be protected. Opponents say that can't be guaranteed when the material would remain radioactive for thousands of years.

The resolution urges the president and secretary of state to work with their counterparts to prevent a permanent nuclear waste repository from being built within the Great Lakes Basin.

Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan is sponsoring the same measure in the House.