Two Michigan senators oppose Canadian nuke waste disposal plan
Rows of chambers holding intermediate-level radioactive waste in shallow pits are seen at the Bruce Power nuclear complex near Kincardine, Ont. on Nov. 1, 2013. (AP / John Flesher)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, April 14, 2015 1:32PM EDT
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan have introduced a resolution urging the Obama administration to fight a Canadian plan to bury nuclear waste underground less than a mile from Lake Huron.
The measure is similar to one offered last week by Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee of Flint Township. Both are non-binding but seek to put Congress on record in opposition to Ontario Power Generation's proposal.
The company wants to bury 7.1 million cubic feet of low- and intermediate-level waste from its nuclear plants about 2,230 feet below the earth's surface at the Bruce Power generating station near Kincardine, Ontario.
The company says it would be safely entombed in thick rock. Opponents fear radioactivity eventually will migrate to Lake Huron.
The resolutions call for finding a better location.