stop the great lakes nuclear dump
stop the great lakes nuclear dump
Why this petition matters
“Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Inc.” is a non-profit organization of concerned citizens – ordinary Canadians. We are deeply concerned about Ontario Power Generation's proposal to build a Deep Geological Repository to bury radioactive nuclear waste on the shores of the Great Lakes. We believe that radioactive nuclear waste should not be buried underground anywhere in the Great Lakes Basin. We believe that the protection of our Great Lakes from buried radioactive nuclear waste is responsible stewardship, and is of national and international importance. The Great Lakes provide safe clean drinking water for 40 million people in two countries, as well as providing recreation, fishing, supporting agriculture, plant and aquatic life.
A multi-billion dollar power generation company, is seeking approval to build a nuclear waste dump (a Deep Geological Repository or DGR) 1 km from the shores of Lake Huron.The Dump will extend underground to approximately 400 meters below the lake level. Some of this nuclear waste remains toxic and lethal for over 100,000 years. Minister McKenna is expected to make a decision by March 1, 2016. This dump puts at risk the fresh water of the GREAT LAKES, relied upon by 40 million people in two countries. Any risk of buried nuclear waste entering the largest body of fresh water in the world is too great a risk to take, and need not be taken. We can and must deliver an overwhelming wave of opposition to OPG’s plan. Tell Minister McKenna and the Canadian federal government to stand up for the protection of the Great Lakes. Petition: “We call on you to refuse Ontario Power Generation’s application to build an underground Deep Geological Repository for radioactive nuclear waste within the Municipality of Kincardine on the shores of Lake Huron that would threaten the drinking water of 40 million Canadians and Americans. We stand with concerned citizens in opposition to the building of an underground nuclear waste dump anywhere in the Great Lakes Basin.”
An underground nuclear waste dump in limestone is unproven and unprecedented.Ontario Power Generation plans to bury and abandon radioactive nuclear waste approximately 400 metres below the bottom level of Lake Huron. Scientists cannot guarantee that this Nuclear Waste Dump will not leak.The Great Lakes provide fresh drinking water for 40 million people in two countries. Why would we bury radioactive nuclear waste beside this precious resource?Ontario Power Generation, the applicant, states this underground dump "is not likely to result in any significant residual adverse effects to human health or the environment, including Lake Huron and the Great Lakes." Is "not likely" good enough?Ontario Power Generation did not consider ANY other sites for this nuclear waste dump except right beside the Great Lakes. Is this responsible? OPG claims it has done its homework, yet the Joint Review Panel's own consultant, Dr. Duinker, concluded that OPG's analysis was "not credible, not defensible, not clear, not reliable, inappropriate."The radioactive nuclear waste must stay isolated in this dump for 100,000 years. The Great Lakes were created by an ice age about 12,000 years ago.There are 3 deep geological repositories on the entire planet and all have leaked - a 100% failure rate. OPG claims their DGR will be different, but also notes they "can't guarantee anything". An underground nuclear waste dump in limestone is unproven and unprecedent.
THE LATEST January 31, 2020: In historic vote, the Saugeen Ojibway Nation members have overwhelmingly voted “No” to Ontario Power Generation's proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) for low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste, at the Bruce Nuclear site in the Municipality of Kincardine.