Proos joins legislative caucus in opposition to Canadian nuclear waste dump on Lake Huron shore

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LANSING, Mich. Sen. John Proos announced on Wednesday that he is joining with members of the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus (GLLC) in opposition to a proposed nuclear waste repository near Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada.

“Nuclear energy can be a key component in helping us to meet our current and future energy demands and create good jobs,” said Proos, vice chair of the Senate Energy and Technology Committee. “With fuel storage pools at America’s nucleaar plants at or near capacity, we need a safe, permanent waste storage site — one that is remote and not on the shores of the Great Lakes.

“Clearly, dumping 7 million cubic feet of radioactive waste near the shore of Lake Huron is unacceptable. The possibility of contamination of the world’s largest surface freshwater system is too great of a risk to take.”

Proos signed on to a GLLC letter directed to President Obama asking that the Administration “work cooperatively with the Canadian government on long-term workable solutions to the problem of nuclear waste to ensure that the Great Lakes basin will never become the permanent resting place for such waste.”

The letter also urges the president to take appropriate action under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement to prevent the construction of the permanent nuclear waste repository at the Bruce Power nuclear facility in Ontario or any other location in the Great Lakes basin.

This is the latest effort by Proos to help protect the Great Lakes from nuclear waste. Proos has repeatedly sponsored and passed measures calling on the U.S. government to complete facilities for safely spent nuclear fuel as is already required by a federal law passed in 1982.

“I continue to urge the federal government to live up to its responsibility to establish a permanent repository for high-level nuclear waste,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Michigan taxpayers have been assessed more than $800 million since 1983 for the construction of a permanent site. More than 30 years later, the Yucca Mountain facility in Nevada is still not operational, and we continue to store high-level nuclear waste at 103 sites across the nation.”

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Editor’s Note: Audio comments by Sen. Proos are available on the senator’s website at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Audio” in the Media Center.