President Obama deserves thanks for answering the call by an eight-year-old Flint, Michigan girl -- Mari Copeny -- to come to the city of 100,000 devastated by lead poisoning via the public drinking water system, due to a cost-saving measure by the State of MI that utilized highly corrosive Flint River water.
While there, Obama declared safe drinking water is "part of the basic responsibilities of a government in the United States of America."
But the safe drinking water of Lake Huron -- to which Flint has now returned -- is itself imperiled by another potential "man-made disaster": Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) proposal to bury 400,000 cubic meters of radioactive wastes on its shore.
(The OPG proposal is still under review on the Canada side. OPG has said it will fulfill the Canadian Environment Minister, Catherine McKenna's, requests for additional information by the end of this year -- a rushed environmental assessment timeline Beyond Nuclear has blasted as "half-baked" and "insincere.")
The very same American government agencies whose incompetence and even criminal wrongdoing -- MI Governor Rick Snyder's administration, the MI Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -- caused the Flint catastrophe, have also signed off on OPG's Deep Geologic Repository (DGR), thus putting the Great Lakes drinking water supply for 40 million people at risk of eventual hazardous radioactive waste contamination.
Please contact President Obama and urge that he work with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to block OPG's insane scheme, as by activating the U.S.-Canadian International Joint Commission to do a comprehensive review of the unacceptably risky DGR proposal.
To learn more about the DGR and ways you can help stop it, please visit Beyond Nuclear's Canada website section.