fear Ontario nuke site
Stabenow tell Powell they're concerned about expanding facility
The Detroit News
-- In a letter to Secretary of State Colin Powell last week,
Michigan's senators outlined concerns with the expansion
of the Bruce nuclear complex on the shoreline of Lake Huron
On Wednesday, Canadian nuclear regulators
approved 2,000 new storage casks for the Bruce complex in
Tiverton, Ontario. The casks more than double the complex's
ability to store high-level nuclear waste to about 35,000
In July, The Detroit News reported there
are 14,000 tons of high-level waste stored at Bruce, the
world's largest nuclear plant, 150 miles northeast of Detroit.
There are less than 2,000 tons of high-level waste stored
at Michigan's three nuclear plants.
The additional storage containers at Bruce
concern Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow enough that
each wants Powell to contact the Canadian government. In
their letter, the senators asked Powell to discuss the issue
at the next Canadian-United States bilateral meeting.
"In the wake of the events of (9-11) the
establishment of such a high-profile (facility) needs to
be thoroughly evaluated," the letter said.
"Given the importance of the Great Lakes
to tens of millions of Canadian and U.S. citizens ... special
consideration needs to be given to the potential environmental
impacts of such a large radioactive waste site."
The State Department received the letter
last week and is drafting a response, a spokeswoman said.
The waste at Bruce is secure, said Ken
Nash, vice president of nuclear waste for Ontario Power
Generation, which owns and operates the Western Waste Management
Facility at Bruce.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency inspected the new casks before the Canadian Nuclear
Safety Commission licensed them, Nash said.
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