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E-M:/ Michigan Messenger: Macomb County says nuke dump could endanger water supply



Although this dump is proposed for so-called "low" and "intermediate" radioactive wastes*,  it may well be the foot in the door to all of Canada's high level waste as well. The area is on a list with several other areas for consideration for a high level irradiated fuel waste dump for all of Canada. Even the Mayor of Kincardine is on record stating such a site couldn?t be ruled out for the Kincardine area - although he opposes such a move. The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (an organization made up of nuclear industries from the Ontario, New Brunswick and Quebec provinces) has stated that the preferred method would be to place these wastes in a deep underground geological repository. Indeed, last year, the federal Minister of Natural Resources, Gary Lunn called the approval of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization's proposal to bury nuclear fuel waste "vital to the future of nuclear energy in Canada."

*"Low" and "intermediate" are misnomers, since this dump will contain (among other radioactive items) such items as heavily contaminated filters from the irradiated fuel pools, a great quantity of metal that is irradiated with transuranics, like plutonium and other radionuclides with very long half-lives -  as well as other shorter lived radioactive elements. -Kay Cumbow

 
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Macomb County says nuke dump could endanger water supply
by: Eartha Jane Melzer
Thursday (05/22) at 10:53 AM

Snip: "This is the craziest damn thing I have ever heard of," Water Quality Board Chairman Doug Martz said about the plan to store radioactive waste from Ontario's nuclear power plants a half mile underground in Kincardine, Ontario, fifty miles from Michigan across Lake Huron.

Snip: "We've got to store this waste anywhere from 100,000 to a million years. The concern is that it could end up in the water," he said. "If there is an accident I don't know a water treatment plant anywhere that can filter out radiation." An accident at the proposed facility could damage the drinking water for 40 million people in downstream cities including Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland and Toronto, he said.
 
Snip: The resolution, ...passed unanimously by both bodies, notes that this type of project has never been done before and would not be permitted under Michigan environmental regulations. The commissioners resolved that in order to protect the Great Lakes and its tributaries no underground nuclear waste repository should be allowed anywhere in the Great Lakes basin."