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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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Monday
Nov092015

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.

Thursday
Nov052015

32 Members of Congress urge newly elected Canadian Prime Minister to cancel DGR

As reported at the website of Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump, a bipartisan delegation of 6 U.S. Senators and 26 U.S. Representatives has written newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau to cancel Ontario Power Generation's proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) for burial of radioactive waste on the Lake Huron shore at Bruce Nuclear Generating Station in Kincardine, Ontario.

At the very least, the 32 Members of Congress request Prime Minister Trudeau to postpone the December 2, 2015 deadline now set for his newly installed Environment Minister to decide yea or nay to go forward with the DGR, until the delegation can meet with him to express its concerns.

You can help, by contacting your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators, and urging them to join this effort to protect the Great Lakes. Your congressional members can also co-sponsor legislation and a resolution, calling for U.S.-Canadian International Joint Commission comprehensive review of the DGR scheme.

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.