Submitted by Brian Scott Luke,, Community Blogger
Monday, September 16th, 2013, 8:37am
KINCCARDINE ONTARIO CANADA – North American Physician Organizations and Michigan State Representative Sarah Roberts have voiced opposition to Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Proposed Nuclear Waste Repository near the shore of Lake Huron in Kincardine, Ontario.
This past week, physicians of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), whom specialize in environmental health issues went on record opposing OPG’s proposal for the burial of radioactive nuclear waste beside the Great Lakes.
Gideon Forman, Executive Director of CAPE, states “CAPE is deeply concerned about the potential risks associated with burying highly radioactive nuclear waste in close proximity to North America’s largest fresh water resource. With radioactive isotopes to be buried in the repository remaining extremely hazardous for hundreds of thousands of years, any possibly of a release into the biosphere represents an unacceptable threat and risk to human health and the environment.”
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM), a respected international organization with an elite membership of physicians and scientists interested in the complexrelationship between the environment and health has passed a resolution expressing its opposition to OPG’s plan. "The AAEM board is unanimously opposed to the deep geologicalrepository on the Great Lakes as it poses a serious threat to the health of the public and the environment," said Dr. Amy Dean, President of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, in a prepared release, "the AAEM supports enacting and strengthening legislation to reduce and prevent human and environmental exposure to nuclear waste."
Michigan State Representative Sarah Roberts has released a video statement, in which she shows her displeasure with the proposed plan. “Ontario Power Generation plans to bury… nuclear waste in a limestone geologic formation and cannot guarantee that radioactive waste will not leak from the underground repository.” Their own [Ontario Power Generation’s] documents say, according to Representative Roberts in video recorded statement, “ People living on or near the site, could be exposed to the waste. Some of the waste to be stored at the site remains radioactive – toxic, ad lethal for one hundred thousand years. “ The representative goes on to mention the possible economic impacts.
The representative calls the proposed repository, “A dangerous risk to public health. And quality of our water. We must stop it.” She stresses the importance of protecting our water supply, our health and economic benefits of our waterways. “We need to act now, because this plan can be approved by the end of 2013.” Representative Roberts then suggests signing a petition to show opposition to the repository.
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Information from the Niagara Parks Commission’s Niagara Falls website, states “The Great Lakes is the world’s largest surface freshwater system in the world, about 18 percent of the world’s supply. The water flows from streams and rivers that empty into the Great Lakes, from Lake Superior down through Niagara to Lake Ontario, then into the St. Lawrence River to the Atlantic Ocean. Water always flows down to the sea, "
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