Beyond Nuclear presents at day-long forum in Port Huron, MI in opposition to Canada's Great Lakes radioactive waste dump
Beyond Nuclear was honored to present at St. Clair County Community College's (SC4) 19th annual Global Awareness Day, focused on "The Global Legacy of Nuclear Waste." See the event flier here.
The day-long event was devoted to stopping Ontario Power Generation's proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) for radioactive waste burial at Bruce Nuclear Generating Station (NGS) in Kincardine, Ontario on the Lake Huron shore, upstream of Port Huron, MI.
Other presenters included: the keynoter, Dr. Gordon Edwards of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsiblity; sheep farmer Eugene Bourgeois (the nearest neighbor to Bruce NGS); Dr. John Sass, a geophysicist; Michael Keegan of Coalition for a Nuclear-Great Lakes; Natalia Malaydach, a SC4 student from Ukraine, on the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe; Kay Cumbow and others from the newly formed Great Lakes Environmental Alliance (GLEA); Lynn Rosales, a member of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, located across the St. Clair River from Port Huron, MI in Sarnia, ON; and others. SC4 sociology professor Kraig Archer hosted the event.
GLEA launched a letter writing campaign against the DGR. It is calling for concerned citizens to write their friends, family, etc. in other U.S. states, urging them to urge their U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators to join the Michigan congressional delegation in calling for the Obama administration to activate the U.S.-Canada International Joint Commission to undertake a comprehensive review of the DGR scheme's risks to the Great Lakes.
Contact your two U.S. Senators, and your U.S. Representative (get patched through to their offices via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121), and urge them to co-sponsor the bipartisan U.S. Senate (S.Res. 134) and House (H.Res. 194) resolutions opposing the DGR; if they already have done so, thank them; if they have not, urge them to ASAP. Likewise, urge them to co-sponsor U.S. Senate and House legislation, the "Stop Nuclear Waste by Our Lakes Act," (S. 2026) introduced by U.S. Sens. Stabenow and Peters, and U.S. Rep. Kildee (Democrats from Michigan). The "Stop Nuclear Waste by Our Lakes Act" (S. 2026) will invoke the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty, and mandate the U.S.-Canadian International Joint Commission (IJC) to undertake a comprehensive review of the DGR proposal.