Congressman outlines opposition to proposed nuclear waste facility

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- There's bipartisan support for a resolution opposing the construction of a Canadian nuclear waste storage facility less than a mile from Lake Huron.

Congressman Dan Kildee, a Flint Democrat, visited Grand Rapids Monday and said 19 members of Congress -- ten Democrats and nine Republicans -- have joined his efforts to protect the Great Lakes.

The proposed site is about six-tenths of a mile from Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada.

"We need to take the kind of precautions when it comes to Great Lakes protections that go beyond the assurances of people in the generation at this time," Rep. Kildee said. "This could be a facility that would be in place with nuclear material that would be radioactive for 10,000 years; our obligation is beyond our own short-term interests."

May 6 is the day the review panel will submit its report to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.

Rep. Kildee says he hopes to gain additional support, from both sides of the isle, before then.


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