Senator Kirk urges President Obama to delay Ontario Power Generation nuclear waste proposal
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) recently sent a letter to President Barack Obama, expressing concern with a proposed nuclear waste repository in Canada.
The Ontario Power Generation’s proposal would store seven million cubic feet of nuclear waste for thousands of years at their Bruce Nuclear Station on Lake Huron.
Kirk has urged the president to work with the Canadian government to delay final approval of the project, while calling for an environmental review by the International Joint Commission.
“As co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, I am fighting to keep our lakes free from toxins that could harm our precious ecological system and threaten the drinking water source for more than 30 million Americans,” Kirk said. “Storing nuclear waste underground along the shores of the Great Lakes directly jeopardizes the well-being of this shared natural resource, and I urge the president to work with the Canadian government to postpone this decision and protect our lakes for generations to come.”
The waste repository would be located less than a mile away from the Great Lakes. It is currently under review by the Canadian government.