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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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Thursday
Oct222015

New Canadian government could derail plans for nuclear waste dump near Lake Huron

The targeted location where the DGR would be built at OPG's Bruce NGS on the Lake Huron shore in Kincardine, ONAs reported by Michigan Radio and the AP, the Liberal Party's decisive election victory on Oct. 19th gives hope to opponents of Ontario Power Generation's proposed Deep Geologic Repository for burying radioactive waste on the Great Lakes shore at Bruce Nuclear Generating Station in Kincardine, Ontario (see photo, left). They hope Prime Minister Trudeau will nip the DUD in the bud (DUD, short for Deep Underground Dump, is the abbreviation coined by David Martin of Greenpeace Canada for the insane scheme).

The article quotes Beverly Fernandez of Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump:

“It is one of the most important issues of our time because this decision will affect the Great Lakes for the next 100,000 years,” says Beverly Fernandez, with Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump. “Burying radioactive nuclear waste beside the Great Lakes, the drinking water for 40 million people in two countries, defies common sense.”

Wednesday
Sep232015

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump announces town hall meeting in Toronto

As announced on its website, Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump has called a town hall meeting in Toronto, on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. See the flier.

Featured speakers will include: Councillor Mike Layton, City of Toronto; Dr. Faisal Moola, Director General, David Suzuki Foundation; Beverly Fernandez, Spokesperson, Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump; Mayor Mike Bradley, City of Sarnia; Senator Phil Pavlov, Michigan State Senate; John Jackson, Waste Management Lecturer/Trent University; Dr. Stephanie Rutherford, Assistant Professor, Trent University (Moderator).

The town hall meeting will take place in the Council Chambers at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., near Osgoode Subway Station.

(The town hall meeting takes place about two weeks before Canadian federal parliamentary elections take place, on Monday, October 19th. Prime Minister Harper's Environment Minister, Leona Aglukkaq, postponed her final decision on the DGR until December 2nd -- likely in an attempt to take the issue off the table, in the lead up to the elections.)

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump has also announced that the grand total number of resolutions across the Great Lakes Basin against the Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) is 173; 22.6 million people live in those jurisdictions.

Tuesday
Sep152015

Beyond Nuclear's response to Lessenberry's blog "Nuclear Waste and You"

In response to Jack Lessenberry's Sept. 9, 2015 Politics & Prejudice column entitled "Nuclear waste and you," which appears at the Detroit Metro Times and downplays the risks of Canada's Great Lakes radioactive waste dump, Beyond Nuclear's Radioactive Waste Watchdog, Kevin Kamps, wrote a response on Sept. 12, 2015.

Although Kamps attempted to post his response at the column's website, it would not take. He then emailed the response to numerous editors at the Detroit Metro Times, including Jack Lessenberry, but as of Sept. 17, 2015, the response had still not been posted below the column.

Wednesday
Sep022015

Beyond Nuclear submits public comments to CEAA and the Canadian federal Environment Minister opposing the DUD

OPG wants to dump Ontario's radioactive wastes less than a mile from the shore of Lake Huron!Beyond Nuclear has submitted yet another round of public comments to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, and Canadian federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, opposing Ontario Power Generation's Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) for radioactive waste burial targeted at the Great Lakes shore at Bruce Nuclear Generating Station in Kincardine, Ontario.

David Martin of Greenpeace Canada dubbed the DGR the DUD, for Deep Underground Dump.

Now that this likely final round of public comment is over, the resistance to the DUD moves to the floor of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House. Senators Stabenow and Peters, and Representative Kildee (Democrats from Michigan), will likely introduce the "Stop Nuclear Waste by Our Lakes Act" next week, once the congressional session resumes. They announced the legislation at press conferences in Michigan during the August recess.

The Michigan Members of Congress previously led the introduction of bipartisan congressional resolutions against the DUD. The House version garnered 22 co-sponsors, 11 Democrats and 11 Republicans.

What can YOU do to stop the DUD? Do one or more of the following:

1. If you haven't already, sign the Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump petition. Even if you have signed it, spread the word, and urge everyone you know to also sign it.

2. If you haven't already, sign the Sum of Us petition. Again, even if you have signed it, spread the word, and urge everyone you know to also sign it.

3. 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," to be introduced by U.S. Sens. Stabenow and Peters, and U.S. Rep. Kildee (Democrats from Michigan), once Congress returns to session on Sept. 8. The "Stop Nuclear Waste by Our Lakes Act" 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.
(On September 10, 2015, the "Stop Nuclear Waste by our Lakes Act 2015" was introduced in the US Senate by US Senator Debbie Stabenow [D-MI], co-sponsored by US Senators Sherrod Brown [D-OH], Richard Durbin [D-IL], Mark Kirk [R-IL] and Gary Peters [D-MI]:  Stop Nuclear Waste by our Lakes Act 2015. A companion bill was introduced in the U.S. House by U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee [D-MI].)
4. Contact the White House, and urge President Obama to instruct Secretary of State Kerry to activate the IJC to undertake a comprehensive review of the DGR proposal.

If you have already done each of these action steps, THANK YOU! Please consider contacting your Members of Congress and the White House again, and urge everyone you know to take these actions as well! (Feel free to just forward the link to this action alert.) Together, we must do all we can to stop OPG's DGR, and protect the Great Lakes -- drinking water supply for 40 million people in 8 U.S. states, 2 Canadian provinces, and a large number of Native American First Nations; more than 20% of the world's, and around 85% of North America's, surface fresh water; and the lifeblood of one of the world's single largest regional economies.

Sunday
Aug302015

Quick things you can do to help stop Canada's Great Lakes shore radioactive waste dump!

The targeted site for OPG's DGR, less than a mile from the Lake Huron shore!Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Please do one or more of the following ASAP, to help block Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) for burial of radioactive waste less than a mile from the Great Lakes shoreline at Bruce Nuclear Generating Station in Kincardine, Ontario, directly across Lake Huron from the Tip of Michigan's Thumb (note, the first two action items below have a deadline of 11:59pm Eastern time on Tuesday, September 1st):

1. Email the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency at ceaa.conditions.acee@ceaa-acee.gc.ca, by 11:59pm Eastern time on Tuesday, September 1st, expressing your "unconditional opposition" to OPG's DGR (include "CEAA Reference No. 17520" so your comments can be routed to the correct docket).

2. Per Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump, print this poster, fill in the blanks, take a selfie, post it on Facebook and Twitter, and email it to Canadian federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq at Leona.Aglukkaq@parl.gc.ca by the Sept. 1 deadline.

3. If you haven't already, sign the Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump petition. Even if you have signed it, spread the word, and urge everyone you know to also sign it.

4. If you haven't already, sign the Sum of Us petition. Again, even if you have signed it, spread the word, and urge everyone you know to also sign it.

5. 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," to be introduced by U.S. Sens. Stabenow and Peters, and U.S. Rep. Kildee (Democrats from Michigan), once Congress returns to session on Sept. 8. The "Stop Nuclear Waste by Our Lakes Act" 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.

6. Contact the White House, and urge President Obama to instruct Secretary of State Kerry to activate the IJC to undertake a comprehensive review of the DGR proposal.
If you have already done each of these action steps, THANK YOU! Please consider contacting your Members of Congress and the White House again, and urge everyone you know to take these actions as well! (Feel free to just forward this email.) Together, we must do all we can to stop OPG's DGR, and protect the Great Lakes -- drinking water supply for 40 million people in 8 U.S. states, 2 Canadian provinces, and a large number of Native American First Nations; more than 20% of the world's, and around 85% of North America's, surface fresh water; and the lifeblood of one of the world's single largest regional economies.

---Kevin Kamps, Radioactive Waste Watchdog, Beyond Nuclear (and board member, Don't Waste Michigan, representing the Kalamazoo chapter)

P.S. To learn more about the resistance to OPG's DGR, see Beyond Nuclear's Canada website section.