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Wednesday
Feb152012

Beyond Nuclear and environmental allies defend Great Lakes against risky atomic reactors, old and new

A satellite image of the Great Lakes, 20% of the planet's surface fresh water, drinking water supply for 40 million people in 8 U.S. states, 2 Canadian provinces, and numerous Native American/First Nations, and lifeblood of one of the world's single biggest regional economiesBeyond Nuclear and its coalition allies have pressed their cases this week against the 35 year old Davis-Besse atomic reactor's license extension in Ohio, and against the proposed Fermi 3 new reactor in Michigan, both on Lake Erie. The environmental movement has also shone a spotlight on Palisades in Michigan along the Lake Michigan shore. Beyond Nuclear issued a media release. Please also see individual entries about each campaign, posted below in this Nuclear Power section of Beyond Nuclear's website.

As shown on Beyond Nuclear's pamphlet entitled "Routine Radioactive Releases from Nuclear Power Plants in the United States: What are the Dangers?", 13 atomic reactors sit on the U.S. shores of the Great Lakes, while 20 atomic reactors sit on the Canadian shores of the Great Lakes.

Although not immediately upon the shorelines or even in the Basin, additional atomic reactors are located just outside the region, and numerous other uranium fuel chain facilities are also located in the Great Lakes. Unprecedented uranium mining has been proposed in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and radioactive waste dumps are being targeted at the Canadian shores of Lake Superior and Lake Huron.