New initiative planned opposing Canadian nuclear waste plan

Associated Press

A member of Congress from Michigan is stepping up the fight against a Canadian proposal to store nuclear waste underground less than a mile from the Lake Huron shore.

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A member of Congress from Michigan is stepping up the fight against a Canadian proposal to store nuclear waste underground less than a mile from the Lake Huron shore.

Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee has scheduled an announcement Wednesday of what he calls a "community initiative" to oppose Ontario Power Generation's plan for disposal of low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste near Kincardine, Ontario.

The company says the project won't contaminate Lake Huron, but opponents say anything could happen over thousands of years.

Kildee and Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters have introduced legislation that would require the U.S. State Department to demand a new study of risks to the lake.

Kildee says Michigan Senate Democratic leader Jim Ananich will join him Wednesday in Flint to announce the community initiative.

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