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Michigan lawmaker submits public comments condemning Canadian nuclear waste dump

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On Tuesday, Congressman Dan Kildee submitted public comments condemning the Canadian plan for a nuclear waste dump on the shore of Lake Huron. 

"Simply, the Great Lakes would be forever changes if they were contaminated with nuclear waste," Kildee said. "This is is troubling that Ontario Power Generation has failed to consider any other potential sites to store nuclear waste. Surely, in the vast land mass that comprises Canada, there must be a better place to bury radioactive material than sixth-tenths of a mile from the Great Lakes."

On Aug. 19, Congressman Dan Kildee asked Michigan to try and stop it, which drew protesters to the site.

“My first reaction was, are you kidding me? This is far too dangerous to even consider,” said Carol Graham.

Graham loves the Great Lakes, that’s why she’s protesting. She holds up a sign protesting a nuclear waste dump less than a mile from the shore of Lake Huron.

“The potential for disaster is there,” Graham said.

Canada is planning to build this facility just across the lake from the Great Lakes bay region.Lake Huron, the beautiful fresh water lake, a favorite for recreation and numerous resources

Soon the city of Flint will be getting their water from Lake Huron through a new pipeline.

And if there were a possible near spill, well you wouldn't want to be drinking that water

“We all know how catastrophic failures at nuclear plants can be and if we have a failure at a site that is less than a mile from the shore of the lake, the contamination could be so widespread,” said Rebecca Fedewa, Flint River Watershed Coalition.

Kildee is asking Americans to write letters to the Canadian minister of environment asking to stop this plan.

“Anyone who supports protecting the Great Lakes knows you would never store nuclear waste less than a mile from this beautiful resource,” Kildee said.

Canadian supporters of the facility say it is a safe and good location. But protesters don’t want the waste dump anywhere near Lake Huron.

“This is basically a forever decision. Nuclear waste is forever,” Graham said.

According to Kildee, 170 municipalities in the United States and Canada have passed resolutions opposing the plan.

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