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Subject: Help stop Canadian nuke waste dump on Lake Huron shoreline!
From: "Kevin Kamps" <kevin@nirs.org>
To: "Kevin Kamps" <kevin@nirs.org>

*Please spread the word to environmental groups in Michigan*
 
Dear Friends and Colleagues in Michigan,
 
The Canadian nuclear industry and government are proposing to bury all of Ontario?s ?low? and ?intermediate? level radioactive wastes 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) from the Lake Huron shoreline at the Bruce Nuclear Complex, just 50 miles east across Lake Huron from Michigan. Ontario has a whopping 20 nuclear reactors (by comparison, Illinois is the U.S. state with the most reactors, with ?just? 12 operating reactors; Michigan has ?just? 4 still-operating reactors, and 1 permanently shutdown reactor). So that?s a lot of radioactive waste targeted for burial on Canada?s Lake Huron shoreline! 
 
These so-called ?low? and ?intermediate? level radioactive wastes contain all of the same radioactive poisons as high-level radioactive waste, only in lesser concentrations. The long-lasting radioactive poisons in these wastes include cesium-137, strontium-90, plutonium-239, iodine-129, and nickel-59, to name but a few of the hundreds of radioactive poisons present in the waste. They have a hazardous persistence of about (or longer than) 300 years, 300 years, 240,000 years, 170 million years, and 800,000 years, to give you an idea how long they will remain dangerous to human and ecosystem health. Given the fact that Lake Huron is the drinking water supply for many millions of people downstream ? including in Michigan ? this plan is unacceptable, given the risk that a dump that close to the lake would leak over such long time periods.
 
Such a dump would also set a precedent for dumping radioactive wastes on the shorelines of the Great Lakes elsewhere. And at the Bruce Nuclear Complex in Canada, it could pave the way for all of Canada?s high-level radioactive wastes to be dumped at Bruce as well. 
 
This dump needs to be stopped in its tracks, and the Michigan environmental movement is just the group of folks to do it!
 
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission is holding a hearing on this insane proposal next Monday, October 23rd, at which I hope to testify. It would be great to add your organization to the growing list of Michigan groups opposing this unacceptable scheme. Our growing coalition (see the list below) has already submitted the following statement to CNSC in July, and then again a month ago. We need to show the Canadian nuclear establishment that Michigan?s environmental movement is united against turning the Great Lakes shoreline into a radioactive waste dump. 
 
To sign onto our statement, simply hit reply to <mailto:kevin@nirs.org>kevin@nirs.org with your name, your title, your group name, and full contact information (snail mail, email, phone, etc.), and I?ll add you to the list.
 
Please also contact your elected officials in Michigan on this matter. Feel free to forward them our statement of opposition below. We need to alert and activate Michigan?s elected leadership on this matter as soon as possible ? urging THEM to weigh in with the CNSC on this matter. THAT could make all the difference, and nip this catastrophic idea in the bud. (Fred Fuller, St. Clair County Drain Commissioner, sent an excellent letter to CNSC on this. Let me know if you?d like a copy to share with your drain commissioner, to urge them to do likewise.)
 
If you have any questions, please contact me at 301.270.6477x14, or cell 240.462.3216. Thanks!
 
---Kevin Kamps, Nuclear Info. & Resource Service, Washington, D.C. (and board member, Don?t Waste Michigan, representing the Kalamazoo chapter)
 
Group Statement to Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission:
 
September 22, 2006
 
From:
Kevin Kamps
Nuclear Waste Specialist
Radioactive Waste Project
Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS)
6930 Carroll Avenue, Suite 340
Takoma Park, Maryland 20912-4423
Phone (301) 270-6477 extension 14
Fax (301) 270-4291
<mailto:kevin@nirs.org>kevin@nirs.org
www.nirs.org 
 
on behalf of Lone Tree Council, West Michigan Environmental Action Council, Michigan Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (MI-COEJL), Coalition for a Nuclear-Free Great Lakes, Don?t Waste Michigan, Citizens Resistance at Fermi Two (CRAFT), Nuclear-Free Great Lakes Campaign, Green Party of Michigan, Van Buren County Greens, Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination, Environmental Coalition on Nuclear Power, Environment Michigan, Voices for Earth Justice, and additional concerned citizens (see full contact information listed at the end of this submission)
 
To:
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
Attn: Michael Rinker, Environmental Assessment Specialist
Environmental Assessment and Protection Division
P.O. Box 1046, Station B
Ottawa, ON  K1P 5S9
Phone: 1-800-668-5284   Fax: (613) 995-5086  
E-mail: <mailto:ceaainfo@cnsc-ccsn.gc.ca>ceaainfo@cnsc-ccsn.gc.ca
 
Re: Comment on the Proposed Scoping Document (Environmental Assessment Guidelines) for Ontario Power Generation?s Proposal for a Deep Geologic Repository for disposal of ?low? and intermediate level radioactive wastes in Kincardine, Ontario, Canada
 
[Submitted via email to <mailto:ceaainfo@cnsc-ccsn.gc.ca>ceaainfo@cnsc-ccsn.gc.ca, as well as via Fax to (613) 995-5086]
 
Dear Mr. Rinker,
 
We are writing to express our concern about Ontario Power Generation?s proposal for a deep underground radioactive waste dump at its Bruce nuclear site in Kincardine, Ontario, Canada only one kilometer (0.62 miles) from the shore of Lake Huron.
 
We are very disappointed that the staff of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has failed to support an upgrade of the current environmental assessment from a Comprehensive Study to an independent Panel Review. There are three important reasons to do so. First, an independent review panel would ensure a fair hearing, keeping the process at arm?s length from the CNSC, which is too close to the nuclear industry. Second, until now, radioactive waste has only been kept in temporary storage facilities, and this proposal would set an historic precedent for permanent deep underground disposal of radioactive waste in Canada and the Great Lakes Basin. Thirdly, because it is so long-lived and has the potential to affect human health and the environment for many generations to come, the public has always been very concerned about radioactive waste disposal, both in Canada, the United States, and in First Nations and Native American Nations throughout the Great Lakes Basin.
 
While I understand that CNSC staff has expanded the alternatives being considered, alternatives should include monitored, retrievable ?interim? storage at the nuclear sites that generated the wastes in the first place, and ?reduction at source? of radioactive waste through nuclear phase-out.
 
In terms of the study area for the assessment, the proposed dump has potential environmental impacts not just locally and regionally, but internationally as well. Because the radioactive wastes will remain toxic for hundreds of thousands of years, the dump is a threat not only to this generation, but to thousands of human generations into the future, and not only to the locality and the region around the Bruce nuclear complex, but also to downstream communities on the Great Lakes in Canada and the United States of America, as well as to First Nations and Native American communities.  CNSC staff has rejected any possibility that the dump could have trans-boundary impacts. However, research and documents published by the International Joint Commission on Great Lakes Water Quality make it clear that Canadian nuclear facilities on the Great Lakes have had measurable trans-boundary effects, as have U.S. nuclear facilities. The study area should be expanded to include communities on the Lake Huron shoreline in both the U.S. and Canada, as well as extended to include communities downstream of Bruce that draw their drinking water from Lake Huron and points downstream.
 
The following important issues also need to be addressed: 
-- the lack of Canadian federal policy on the long-term management of low and intermediate level radioactive waste;
-- inclusion of decommissioning waste in planning for the Bruce facility; 
-- extension of the assessment time to one million years because of the long lifetime of some radioactive elements in low and intermediate level radioactive waste; 
-- detailed examination of the safety of radioactive waste transportation from the Pickering and Darlington sites to the Bruce site; 
-- alternatives to radioactive waste incineration; 
-- municipalities on transportation routes should be consulted on the initiation of further decades of radioactive waste transportation through their communities; and 
-- costing and economic analysis of the main proposal and all alternatives should be mandatory. 
We would also like to tentatively reserve speaking slots for the submission of oral presentations at the Monday, October 23, 2006 CNSC hearing in Kincardine, Ontario, Canada regarding this matter, for representatives of our organizations that may be able to attend this hearing despite the very long travel distances that would be required to attend. 
Whether as written or oral submissions, we will continue to communicate to the CNSC our deep concerns about, and objections to, the concentration of radioactive wastes from a score of nuclear reactors across Ontario, and the risk of catastrophic radioactive contamination to Lake Huron and points downstream, if these accumulated wastes begin to leak out from the proposed burial dump just 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) from the shoreline of Lake Huron. Our coalition of groups and individuals deeply troubled about this dangerous proposal continues to grow in Michigan, and we will share with CNSC and other Canadian, U.S., and First Nations decision-makers an updated list of organizations objecting to this radioactive waste dump in the heart of the Great Lakes by the time of the October 23rd CNSC hearing.
We would also like to express our endorsement of the comments submitted by Dave Martin, Energy Coordinator, Greenpeace Canada and S. (Ziggy) Kleinau, Coordinator, Citizens for Renewable Energy, to CNSC as a part of this proceeding.
We also request a copy of the revised scoping document, CMD 06-H22. Our postal and email addresses are given below, so that you can either mail a hard copy of this document, or email us an electronic version or internet link. This document is not posted on the CNSC web site, which has unfortunately made our participation in this proceeding more difficult. We respectfully request that all documents pertaining to this proceeding be posted to CNSC?s website, as well as provided directly to us either through the mail or email, to facilitate our participation in this proceeding.
Please also send us any information or application forms pertaining to intervener funding, for those of us who wish to intervene in this environmental assessment proceeding.
 
Please consider our concerns. Thank you.
 
Sincerely,
 
Kevin Kamps
Nuclear Waste Specialist
Nuclear Information and Resource Service
6930 Carroll Avenue, Suite 340
Takoma Park, Maryland 20912
<mailto:kevin@nirs.org>kevin@nirs.org
Phone (301) 270-6477 extension 14
 
Terry R. Miller, Chairman
Lone Tree Council
4649 David Ct
Bay City, MI  48706
<mailto:terbar@charter.net>terbar@charter.net 
 
Thomas Leonard, Executive Director
West Michigan Environmental Action Council
1007 Lake Dr. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
<mailto:tleonard@wmeac.org>tleonard@wmeac.org
 
Sara Bernstein, Program Manager and Betsy Winkelman, Co-Chair
Michigan Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (MI-COEJL)
6735 Telegraph Road, #205
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
<mailto:mi-coejl@jfmd.org>mi-coejl@jfmd.org
<mailto:Bernstein@JFMD.org>Bernstein@JFMD.org 
 
Michael Keegan
Coalition for a Nuclear-Free Great Lakes
811 Harrison Street
Monroe, Michigan 48161
<mailto:mkeeganj@comcast.net>mkeeganj@comcast.net
 
Alice Hirt
Don?t Waste Michigan
6677 Summitview Drive
Holland, Michigan 49423
<mailto:alicehirt@charter.net>alicehirt@charter.net
 
Keith Gunter
Citizens Resistance at Fermi Two (CRAFT) and Nuclear-Free Great Lakes Campaign
15784 Whitby Street
Livonia, Michigan 48154
<mailto:keithtada@sbcglobal.net>keithtada@sbcglobal.net 
 
Chuck Jordan
Vice Chair and State Central Committee Whip
Green Party of Michigan
Co-Chair
Van Buren County Greens
50521 34th Avenue
Bangor, Michigan 49013
<mailto:jordanc@btc-bci.com>jordanc@btc-bci.com
http://vbcgreens.org
 
Kathy Barnes
Don?t Waste Michigan
RR1 556 Ferrand
Sherwood, Michigan 49089
<mailto:kathrynbarnes@peoplepc.com>kathrynbarnes@peoplepc.com 
 
Kay Cumbow, Director
Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination
8735 Maple Grove Road
Lake, MI 48632-9511
<mailto:kcumbow@greatlakes.net>kcumbow@greatlakes.net 
 
Judith Johnsrud
Environmental Coalition on Nuclear Power
433 Orlando Avenue
State College, Pennsylvania 16803
<mailto:johnsrud@uplink.net>johnsrud@uplink.net
 
Mike Shriberg, Ph.D.
Director
Environment Michigan 
103 E. Liberty Street, Suite 202
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
734-662-9797
<mailto:mshriberg@environmentmichigan.org>mshriberg@environmentmichigan.org 
 
Patricia Gillis
Executive Director
Voices for Earth Justice
26672 Elm Street
Roseville, Michigan 48066
586-779-8015
<mailto:Voices4earth@juno.com>Voices4earth@juno.com 
(www.voices4earth.org)
 
Individuals:
 
Catherine Quigg
838 Harriet Lane
Barrington IL 60010
<mailto:kaytq@yahoo.com>kaytq@yahoo.com
 
Pamela Rups
2705 Pine Ridge Rd.
Kalamazoo, MI  49008
<mailto:pamela.rups@wmich.edu>pamela.rups@wmich.edu 
 
 

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