U.S. congressman urges president to step into nuclear waste debate
Published Friday, August 29, 2014 11:45AM EDT
A U.S. congressman says he'll sponsor a resolution opposing an Ontario power company's plan to bury waste from nuclear plants near Lake Huron.
Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee announced his plan on Thursday during a boat trip on Saginaw Bay. His Michigan district includes a section of the lake's shoreline.
The nonbinding resolution will urge U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to take up the matter with the Canadian government.
Ontario Power Generation wants to entomb radioactive waste in rock chambers some 680 metres below the earth's surface near Kincardine, Ont.
The company says the facility would be safe and wouldn't leak.
Opponents say there's no way to guarantee that safety for the thousands of years that the waste would remain radioactive.