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ERIE COUNTY OPPOSES NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP NEAR GREAT LAKES


ERIE COUNTY OPPOSES NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP NEAR GREAT LAKES
Legislator Burke Urges Federal Officials to Protect Great Lakes from Contamination


Buffalo, NY – A resolution opposing Ontario Power Generation’s nuclear waste dump site in Kincardine, Ontario on Lake Huron was passed unanimously today by the Erie County Legislature, joining its voice with the 142 other governments in the Great Lakes region who depend on the lakes for drinking water. 

“The Great Lakes are a precious natural resource.  They provide fresh water for over 40 million people in both the United States and Canada.  At a time when others around the world are taking steps to protect what little fresh water they have, I believe it is dangerous and irresponsible to risk the future of the Great Lakes by building this dump site,” said Legislator Burke.

Opposition to the creation of the dumping site has been passed with bipartisan support in communities across 8 states and the province of Ontario, an area with the combined represented population of 18.8 million people and growing. 

The proposed nuclear waste dump in Kincardine, Ontario would be built by Ontario Power Generation near the Bruce Nuclear Power Plant site in a limestone cavern 440 yards below lake level.  The construction of a radiological dump of this type in a limestone cavern is unprecedented and the long term risks have not been fully explored.  The waste to be sequestered in the limestone cavern would need to remain in place for close to 100,000 years; the Great Lakes themselves were dug out by glacial action only 12,000 years ago during the last ice age.