The Craig Fahle Show

The Fight Against Nuclear Waste Near Lake Huron

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Photo courtesy: Flickr, Creative Commons

New legislation at the state Capitol would ban the import of radioactive waste into Michigan, and would call on President Barack Obama to help put a stop to a nuclear waste facility project in Ontario, Canada. The plan for the facility would bury the nuclear waste 2,200 feet deep.

But state Senator Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair Twp.) says there is no depth great enough to ensure the Great Lakes wouldn't be effected in the future. Pavlov is spearheading the legislation in Lansing, and has launched an online petition.

"A long-term nuclear facility is not the solution for the largest body of fresh water in the world," says Pavlov.

"I don't think there will ever be enough science... to prove this is a great idea."

Pavlov says future projections cannot show that the geology around the lakes can and will support the storage of radioactive toxins for hundreds of years. He hopes President Obama will get involved to help stop the construction of the facility in Ontario. Pavlov says there are failures on the part of the federal government to better protect the Great Lakes from potential nuclear projects.

Pavlov says Michiganders care about the health and well-being of the Great Lakes, and the state has worked for the past couple decades to protect the bodies of water and surrounding wetlands. Several large organizations are rallying with Pavlov against the nuclear facility in Ontario.

The National Wildlife Federation supports Pavlov's efforts. Andy Buchsbaum, regional executive director for the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Regional Center, said in a press release:

“Burying nuclear waste a quarter-mile from the Great Lakes is a shockingly bad idea -- it poses a serious threat to people, fish, wildlife, and the lakes themselves. We support this legislative package that asks Canada to reconsider its plan to store large amounts of radioactive waste on the shores of Lake Huron. It’s time to go back to the drawing board to find a solution that doesn’t put our Great Lakes, environment, communities, and economy at risk.”

-- Laura Weber-Davis