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Tuesday
Feb022016

Beyond Nuclear in Port Huron against the DGR: "Radioactive Wastes - Hidden Dangers for the Great Lakes & Our Fresh Water Supply"

This image included in Kevin's presentation was a crowd favorite at the event. It originated in the anti-uranium mining movement in Australia, led by Aboriginal peoples. The image has been popularized internationally through its use by World Information Service on Energy, as part of its "Don't Nuke the Climate!" campaign.Beyond Nuclear's Radioactive Waste Watchdog, Kevin Kamps, was honored and privileged to be invited to speak by GLEA (Great Lakes Environmental Alliance) on “Radioactive Wastes - Hidden Dangers for the Great Lakes & Our Fresh Water Supply,” at its regular meeting on Feb. 2. The meeting was held at the M-Tec Building, on SC4's Campus (St. Clair County Community College), in Port Huron, Michigan.

Here is GLEA's description of the event:

With the ongoing public health crisis in Flint, and knowing that radioactive pollutants can be both invisible and tasteless, we must rethink our efforts to protect the public drinking water supply. Kevin Kamps, Radioactive Waste Specialist from Beyond Nuclear and a Michigan native, will address what we can do to stop the permanent deep burial of nuclear wastes beside the largest fresh water source for North America. Mr. Kamps will also give an update on other Great Lakes nuclear issues. Find out how you can get involved and what GLEA is doing to safeguard our important natural resources.

GLEA's webiste is: www.GreatLakesEnvironmentalAlliance.org/

GLEA's contact is: Elizabeth Zimmer-Lloyd; Great Lakes Environmental Alliance, Promotion Committee; thumperbunny2u@aol.com

Here is a link to the Power Point Kevin presented. His talk focused primarily on Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) for radioactive waste dumping on the shore of Lake Huron, just upstream from Port Huron. He also made connections to the Flint, Michigan drinking water lead-poisoning catastrophe, as included in his Counterpunch article entitled "After Flint, Don't Let Them Nuke the Great Lakes Next!" (Flint and Port Huron are only an hour's drive apart.) The very same U.S. and Michigan agencies (EPA, MDEQ, MI Governor Snyder's administration) that have brought us the Flint catastrophe, are the very same ones OPG met with, that have flippantly signed off on the DGR, apparently oblivious to the risks to the drinking water supply for 40 million people (including the 100,000 residents of Flint, who now, once again, draw safe, clean Lake Huron water as their drinking water source; it was the state decision, from April 2014 to October 2015, to switch to the highly corrosive Flint River, with no corrosion-control program in place, that led to the catastrophe).

Kevin was also privileged to be asked to announce the first installment in the "Kay Cumbow Award," which was inaugurated at SC4's Global Awareness Day last November, that also focused on OPG's DGR. The award, named after a modern day Paul Revere, Port Huron area anti-nuclear environmental watchdog Kay Cumbow, who is active with GLEA (and was among the very first to raise the alarm about the DGR in 2001, in the Blue Water area of St. Clair and Macomb Counties), was awarded to Jeremy Whitmore and Valerie Daggett. Jeremy and Valerie organized the rally on the St. Clair River in Port Huron last mid-August, calling attention to the DGR during Port Huron's river festival.

At Kay Cumbow's invitation, Kevin has presented in Port Huron a number of other times over the years, including just after the beginning of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, around the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe.

In fact, Kay also helped "rope" Kevin into anti-nuclear power activism in the first place. She coordinated Palisades Watch in southwest Michigan back then. The group's public outreach effort at Kalamazoo's New Years Fest on 12/31/1992 is when a Palisades Watch volunteer, Mike Martin of Gobles, handed Kevin a flier.

Kay also pointed out a moving connection at the Feb. 2 event. Dr. Mona, a Flint crisis hero, attended the Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination Backyard Eco Conference in central Michigan, as a child. Backyard Eco was a primary gathering of the Michigan environmental movement for many long years on end. (Kay is also a former CACC board member, and still a proud member. Kevin was very honored last year, when CACC invited him to join its advisory board.) The outdoor educational experience for children was always at the heart of Eco.