Sen. Zorn joins legislative caucus in opposition to Canadian nuclear waste dump on Lake Huron shore

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn announced last week that he is joining with members of the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus (GLLC) in opposition to a proposed nuclear waste repository near Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada.

“Nuclear energy is helping us meet our current and future energy demands and creating good jobs,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “As the fuel storage at America’s nuclear plants near capacity, we need a safe, permanent and remote waste storage site. It is simply unacceptable to consider dumping millions of cubic feet of radioactive waste near the shore of Lake Huron. The risk of contaminating the world’s largest surface freshwater system is too great.”

Zorn signed on to a GLLC letter directed to President Obama asking that the administration “work cooperatively with the Canadian government on long-term workable solutions to the problem of nuclear waste to ensure that the Great Lakes basin will never become the permanent resting place for such waste.”

The letter also urges the president to take appropriate action under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement to prevent the construction of the permanent nuclear waste repository at the Bruce Power nuclear facility in Ontario or any other location in the Great Lakes basin.

This is the latest effort by Zorn to help protect the Great Lakes from nuclear waste. Zorn sponsored Senate Concurrent Resolution 8, which called on the U.S. government to complete facilities for safely spent nuclear fuel as is already required by a federal law passed in 1982.

“For more than 30 years, the nuclear power industry and its customers have paid the federal government billions of dollars to construct a permanent repository for nuclear waste, yet the Yucca Mountain facility in Nevada is still not operational,” Zorn said. “I urge the federal government to take action to stop the irresponsible Canadian dump and then to live up to its own responsibility to safely and permanently store America’s nuclear waste.”