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E-M:/ corrected press release on rad-waste
- Subject: E-M:/ corrected press release on rad-waste
- From: Kay Cumbow <email@example.com>
- Date: Tue, 20 May 2008 16:45:16 -0400
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- Reply-to: Kay Cumbow <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The press release that I posted yesterday had an
error. It was Rep. John Conyers, (not Rep. John Dingell,) who with
Rep. Bart Stupak requested that the proposed underground nuclear dump in
Ontario be advanced to a full review panel. It was my error alone.
Here is the corrected press release. -Kay Cumbow
For Immediate Release - May 19th, 2008
Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination
Macomb County Officials Oppose Proposed
Rad-Waste Dump on Lake Huron
Last week, the Macomb County Water Quality Board and the Macomb County
Board of Commissioners, took a strong stand to protect the health of
Great Lakes waters, when both bipartisan organizations passed resolutions
opposing any underground radioactive waste dump in the Great Lakes
Region. Both groups have a major stake in protecting water quality in the
Lake Huron - Detroit River water corridor. Millions of people, including
many Michigan communities, obtain drinking water from Lake Huron or
waters downstream of Lake Huron. Fisheries and tourism are big industry
here and depend on healthy waters as well.
These resolutions were spurred by Ontario Power Generation's proposed
underground radioactive dump for 20 reactors near Kincardine, Ontario,
and adjacent to the Bruce nuclear complex, where 8 reactors are sited,
with 4 more proposed. The proposed dump for so-called ?low? and
?intermediate? wastes would take all reactor wastes except irradiated
fuel - including filters from irradiated fuel pools and some transuranic
wastes, like plutonium.
Many of the wastes need isolation for thousands of centuries.
Furthermore, a serious accident 2150 feet underground may not allow for
wastes to be contained and repackaged, and wastes may infiltrate into
groundwater or Lake Huron. After so many centuries, the site is to be
simply abandoned. A serious accident or incident at this site could
devastate Lake Huron and have significant ramifications for the whole
Great Lakes Region.
Thanks to international citizen groups and elected officials such as U.S.
Representatives Bart Stupak and John Conyers and St. Clair County?s Drain
Commissioner, Fred Fuller, (all Michigan Democrats), the proposal for the
deep underground dump (DUD) must undergo a Full Panel Review by Canadian
Everyone who cares about long-term water quality of the Great Lakes
should read and comment on the Draft Guidelines and Draft Joint Panel
Agreement issued by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency in
April. The Draft Guidelines will determine the scope of the panel
hearings for example and Canadian authorities have stated that only local
communities and fisheries would be affected by this underground dump,
where the access and shaft would be less than a mile from Lake Huron.
The public comment period ends June 18th. Documents for
comment can be obtained at
Scroll to ?Projects Under Review? and click on ?Review
The generation of nuclear wastes puts our waters and our gene pool at
risk throughout the entire fuel cycle - from uranium mining and
processing, which damages human health and affected watersheds forever -
to the deadly wastes of reactors that must be kept from the biosphere
forever. There exist many far less expensive and safer ways to produce
energy and still lower our carbon footprint - for example, using
efficiency and conservation, solar and wind power - and other emerging
energy technologies, used conscientiously.
Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination commends officials in
Macomb County, who have concerns about the prospect of radioactive wastes
stored underground permanently next to the Great Lakes. We urge other
communities who depend on these waters to enact similar resolutions and
make viable comments on these critical draft documents that may affect
our watershed for a very long period of time.