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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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Sunday
Aug162015

Aug. 16, Rally in Port Huron, MI to stop a nuclear waste dump on Lake Huron shore!

DO sign the petition at, and spread the word about, http://www.stopthegreatlakesnucleardump.com/An invitation from Valerie Daggett and Jeremy V. Whitmore:

Hi everyone!

Join us! on August 16th, 1PM at Pinegrove Park in Port Huron, Michigan (1PM - 4PM) to rally
to stop a deep underground nuclear dump, proposed for the shores of Lake Huron in Canada.
Here's a Facebook link to the event: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/952971808088757/953145028071435/

There will be an info tent, sidewalk chalk, signs, and banners.

Inform the public by using Banners, Signs and Flags. March along the Boardwalk,
Promote awareness in our area and surrounding areas. Join together and make your voice heard!

*This event does take place on the same day as Float Down. If you are participating in this years
Float Down please feel free to represent the cause! (Design a float, Decal , T-shirt or flag.)

Get involved and represent your city's vitality.

So far there are [524, as of July 20th] people who say they are coming, from both Canada and here in the U.S.

Hosted by Valerie Ann Daggett and Jeremy Whitmore

[DO sign the petition at, and spread the word about, http://www.stopthegreatlakesnucleardump.com/

See photo, above!]

Monday
Jul202015

"Downstream," by Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education

The Great Lakes -- around 85% of North America's surface fresh water, and over 20% of the world's -- provide drinking water for 40 million people in 8 U.S. states, 2 Canadian provinces, and a large number of Native American First Nations.Arnie Gundersen, Chief Engineer at Fairewinds Energy Education, has posted a blog entitled "Downstream," about the radioactive risks to the Great Lakes from dozens of atomic reactors located on their shorelines, in both the U.S. and Canada.

Gundersen has served as expert witness for Beyond Nuclear et al. in numerous challenges to continued operations at risky reactors on the Great Lakes, including Palisades and Fermi 3 in Michigan, as well as Davis-Besse in Ohio.

(Beyond Nuclear's pamphlet, "Routine Radioactive Releases from U.S. Nuclear Power Plants," also shows it doesn't take an accident to cause contamination of surface fresh water supplies, nor coastal oceanic fisheries for that matter. A map is included, indicating which watersheds are impacted by each operating reactor in the U.S.)

Friday
Jul102015

"Stable geology no guarantee for a safe nuclear waste dump"

Jim Bloch, writing for The Voice in northern Macomb and St. Clair counties, MI, has published another article stemming from Beyond Nuclear's presentation in Port Huron, MI on June 16th. The presentation, hosted by Kay Cumbow of the Sierra Club Blue Water Group and Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination, was in opposition to Ontario Power Generation's proposed radioactive waste dump on the Great Lakes shoreline.

Friday
Jul102015

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) includes key language in IJC funding bill to stop Canada's Great Lakes radioactive waste dump

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) successfully included report language in the U.S. Senate State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill, that passed out of the full Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday, concerning Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) proposal to dump radioactive waste on the Great Lakes shoreline (in what it calls a Deep Geologic Repository, or DGR).

The language, in S. Rept. 114-79's International Joint Commission section (see INTERNATIONAL COMMISSIONS, INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY AND WATER COMMISSION, UNITED STATES AND MEXICO, at the bottom of page 46 and top of page 47) reads:

Great Lakes and Nuclear Waste Review.--The Committee is concerned with Ontario Power Generations' [OPG] proposal to permanently store 7 million cubic feet of toxic nuclear waste less than one mile from the shores of Lake Huron, which could cause irreparable harm to the shared economic and ecological wellbeing of the Great Lakes. The Committee recommends that the Department of State request an International Joint Commission review of the proposal and urge the Government of Canada to postpone its final decision until the review of the long-term impacts of locating a nuclear repository at the proposed site is complete and fully evaluated by both the Governments of the United States and Canada.

As stated at the International Joint Commission's website: "The International Joint Commission (IJC) is an internatinal organization created by the Boundary Waters Treaty, signed by Canada and the United States in 1909.

The International Joint Commission prevents and resolves disputes between the United States of America and Canada under the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty and pursues the common good of both countries as an independent and objective advisor to the two governments.

In particular, the Commission rules upon applications for approval of projects affecting boundary or transboundary waters and may regulate the operation of these projects; it assists the two countries in the protection of the transboundary environment, including the implementation of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and the improvement of transboundary air quality; and it alerts the governments to emerging issues along the boundary that may give rise to bilateral disputes...".

Bipartisan resolutions introduced in both the U.S. House (H. Res. 194) and Senate (S. Res. 134, co-sponsored by Sen. Kirk) opposing OPG's DGR, call upon the Obama administration to "take appropriate action to work with the Canadian government to prevent a permanent nuclear waste repository from being built within the Great Lakes Basin". The resolutions also call upon the Obama administration to "work together with their Canadian Government counterparts on a safe and responsible solution for the long-term storage of nuclear waste."

See the language of the bills, posted online by Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump: S. Res. 134; H. Res. 194.

Sen. Kirk's successful inclusion of report language in the U.S. Senate State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill is a very significant step in the process of activating the International Joint Commission (IJC) on OPG's DGR proposal, as the U.S. Senate now moves into legislative actions regarding funding the U.S. Section of the International Joint Commission for the next fiscal year. Where the congressional resolutions speak of the Obama administration working with their Canadian Government counterparts, one good way of doing that is for the U.S. State Dept. to activate the IJC to carry out a comprehensive review on the controversial proposal.

Please thank Sen. Kirk for his leadership on protecting the Great Lakes against OPG's DGR, by contacting his office.

See Beyond Nuclear's action alert on the DGR, to see how you can help stop Canada's radioactive waste dump targeted at the Great Lakes shoreline!

Friday
Jun262015

"Too risky to bury nuclear waste near Great Lakes"

MI State Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair)Michigan State Senator Phil Pavlov (Republican-St. Clair, photo left) has responded to the Detroit News editorial board's pro-dump position with a rebuttal letter to the editor.

While Beyond Nuclear absolutely disagrees with State Senator Pavlov's call for dumping radioactive wastes at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, we absolutely agree with his opposition to a Yucca Mountain dump in the heart of the Great Lakes!

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) also rebutted the Detroit News editorial board's "Alas in Atomic Blunderland" pro-dump editorial, a few days earlier.