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Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

Representing the 12th District of Michigan

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Dingell Statement on Ontario Power Generation’s Report on Nuclear Waste Storage Site

May 31, 2017
Press Release

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI – U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) released the following statement on Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) report to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency standing by its proposal to store nuclear waste less than a mile from Lake Huron.

“The Great Lakes account for more than 20 percent of the world’s freshwater supply, and any nuclear waste spill near this precious resource would have disastrous consequences for the environment, economy and public health. No wall would ever protect these waters if a spill occurred. As I told Prime Minister Trudeau in a meeting last year, we never want to see nuclear waste in the Great Lakes. An earlier study by OPG recognized that there are other viable locations to store nuclear waste outside the Great Lakes basin. These options would cost time and money, but must be pursued. Protecting the Great Lakes and the drinking water for nearly 40 million people should be the number one priority.”