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Canada is the world's largest exporter of uranium and operates nuclear reactors including on the Great Lakes. Attempts are underway to introduce nuclear power to the province of Alberta and to use nuclear reactors to power oil extraction from the tar sands.

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Wednesday
Sep242014

Grassroots opposition to Canada's Great Lakes radioactive waste dump gaining traction at state and federal level!

Ontario Power Generation proposes to bury "low" and "intermediate" level radioactive wastes from 20 reactors across the province at its Bruce Nuclear Generating Station on the Lake Huron shore. The Great Lakes comprise 95% of North America's surface fresh water, providing drinking water to 40 million people in 8 U.S. states, 2 Canadian provinces, and a large number of Native American First Nations.As reported by the News Herald, an effort to block Canada's proposed radioactive waste dump on the Great Lakes shoreline -- initiated by Ed McArdle of the Sierra Club's South East Michigan Group -- first succeed at the state level, and has now moved into the federal realm. At the state level, Ed's Michigan State Senator, Hoon-yung Hopgood (D-Taylor), introduced a resolution opposing the dump that past the State Senate by a unanimous vote. At the federal level, Michigan and New York Democrats have introduced a congressional resolution opposing the dump in the U.S. House; a bipartisan resolution has likewise been introduced in the U.S. Senate.

Thursday
Sep182014

Great Lakes nuclear dump?! Speak now, or forever hold your peace!

The radioactive waste dump would be located less than a mile from the Lake Huron shore, surrounded by the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station, one of the biggest nuclear power plants in the worldThe Canadian federal Environmental Assessment (EA) on Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) on the Great Lakes shore is entering the final phase. Two weeks of public hearings end on September 18th.

Beyond Nuclear Radioactive Waste Watchdog, Kevin Kamps, testified before the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) Joint Review Panel (JRP) on Sept. 16th. See his powerpoint.

Kevin's presentation summarized his July 21st written submission.

There is a video archive of every day of the two weeks of hearings. Kevin spoke second in the afternoon session of Sept. 16th.

What can you do to help stop the Canadian Great Lakes radioactive waste dump?

Urge your U.S. Representative to support the Kildee-Levin congressional resolution, introduced last week, H.Res. 716, opposing the DGR.

You can phone your U.S. Representative via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

You can also look up your U.S. Representative's direct phone number, fax number, email/webform, as well as snail mail address.

If you haven't already, you can also sign the Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump petition, now over 70,000 signatures! Please also forward it to everyone you know!

As featured on the Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump website, resolutions continue to come in from across the Great Lakes Basin, opposing the DGR. The current total is around 130 resolutions! Get your municipality to pass a resolution too! Contact Kevin Kamps for more information at (240) 462-3216, or kevin@beyondnuclear.org.

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump has run a second powerful ad in the Toronto Star.

Additional background

Beyond Nuclear has joined with numerous environmental allies in testifying against the DGR during the past two weeks of public hearings, including: local concerned residents, Ontario Clean Air Alliance, Northwatch (and its experts from Southwest Research Information Center and Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force), Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, International Institute of Concern for Public Health, Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump, Michigan state legislators Hopgood and Pavlov, Canadian Environmental Law Association, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, ZeroWaste4ZeroBurning, and Coalition for a Nuclear-Free Great Lakes.

Save Our Saugeen Shores (SOS) and the Southampton Residents Association (SRA) released a press statement on Sept. 18th regarding Bruce County's response to the Bellchamber closed meeting report. On Aug. 7th, the Canadian Press reported that "Bruce County mayors broke [the] law by holding secret meetings on storing Ontario['s] nuclear waste, probe finds." In their Sept. 18th press release, SOS and SRA:

"We have written today to André Marin, the Ontario Ombudsman, asking him, for the reasons set out below, to review this entire matter.

We have also written today to the Hon. Kathleen Wynne, asking her, for the same reasons, to do whatever is necessary to facilitate a review by the Ombudsman and, after considering his report:

1. establish appropriate penalties for contraventions of the Municipal Act requirement of open, minuted public meetings of municipal councils, whether through Bill 8 or otherwise, and

2. determine appropriate direction to give OPG."

The Saugeen Ojibwe Nations (SON) also expressed deep skepticism, and asked critical questions, regarding the permanent burial of so-called "low" and "intermediate" level radioactive wastes on their traditional territory along the Lake Huron shoreline.

After the JRP public hearings conclude today, the JRP will go behind closed doors to determine whether the EA is acceptable, or not. They will communicate their decision to the Canadian federal Environment Minister, who will deliver her conclusion to Prime Minister Harper and his Cabinet. They will decide whether or not to approve the DGR, bypassing the Canadian federal Parliament.

Monday
Sep082014

U.S. Rep. Kildee introduces congressional resolution against Canadian Great Lakes radioactive waste dump

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI)As reporteded at the website of Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump, U.S. Representatives Dan Kildee and Sander Levin, both Democrats from Michigan, have introduced a congressional resolution in the U.S. House expressing strong opposition to Canada's proposed Great Lakes radioactive waste dump.

On July 29th, Kildee wrote both the Canadian Ambassador to the U.S., as well as the Canadian Foreign Minister, opposing the DGR.

Thursday
Sep042014

Powerful Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump ad in Toronto Star

The radioactive waste dump would be located less than a mile from the Lake Huron shore, surrounded by the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station, one of the biggest nuclear power plants in the worldThe group Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump has run a powerful ad in the Toronto Star, one of Canada's biggest daily newspapers. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Lake Huron, the ad points out where Ontario Power Generation (OPG) would like to bury radioactive wastes on its shore.

As reported at the Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump's website, group spokesperson Beverly Fernandez was interviewed by two different news outlets on August 28th, including an extended radio interview. Links are provided.

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump has also reported that, as of August 25th, 117 resolutions across multiple states and provinces have been passed opposing this insane proposal. The municipalities passing these resolutions of opposition, added together, speak on behalf of 10.8 million people.

And finally, the Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump petition now stands at over 68,000 signatures. If you haven't already signed it, please do. Also, send it to everyone you know.

The Canadian federal Joint Review Panel overseeing the environmental assessment on OPG's proposed Deep Geologic Repository (or DGR) will hold two weeks of what will very likely be the final round of public hearings, starting at 9am Eastern on Tuesday, September 9th. Beyond Nuclear's Radioactive Waste Watchdog, Kevin Kamps, will testify on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 16th.

The public hearings will take place in Kincardine, Ontario -- the location of the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station (NGS), and now targeted for the DGR. The Bruce NGS has a total of 9 reactors on one site, making it one of the world's biggest nuclear power plants. The DGR would bury all of the so-called "low" and "intermediate" level radioactive wastes from 20 reactors across Ontario.

The hearings will be webcast live through the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission website at www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca.

A daily agenda containing the list of presenters will be available each hearing day. Two sessions will be held each day, one in the morning (9:00 a.m. to 12:30p.m.) and one in the afternoon (2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Modifications to the schedule will be reflected on the daily agenda, where possible.

The JRP has published the current schedule of presenters.

Once the JRP wraps up this final round of public hearings, it will go behind closed doors for an unspecified length of time, to decide whether or not to approve moving forward with the DGR. Its recommendation will be sent to Canada's federal environment minister, who will then take the decision to Prime Minister Steven Harper's Cabinet, bypassing the Canadian federal Parliament.

The Great Lakes is more than 20% of the world's surface fresh water -- and more than 90% of North America's. It is the drinking water supply for 40 million people in 8 U.S. states, 2 Canadian provinces, and a large number of Native American First Nations.

Wednesday
Sep032014

Great Lakes Waterkeepers urge Secretary of State Kerry to intervene against Canadian shoreline radioactive waste dump

As reported at the website of Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump, a coalition of Great Lakes Waterkeepers has written U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, urging him to take action in opposition to a proposal by Ontario Power Generation to bury hundreds of thousands of cubic meters of so-called "low" and "intermediate" level radioactive wastes, from 20 reactors across the province, on the shore of Lake Huron.