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According to Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Waste Dump website:

    "Ontario Power Generation plans to bury 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 age.

    An underground nuclear waste dump in limestone is unproven and unprecedented."


Radioactive nuclear waste is persistent on a timescale that makes it impossible for humans to guarantee safe containment. And limestone is known to be porous, making it a very unsafe rock in which to try to store anything -- especially one of the most persistent toxic substances there is.


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