Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Trying to kill the Great Lakes, part 85

Waukesha and a lot of other places would like to drain water from the Great Lakes. The US Coast Guard thinks the lakes are a good place to turn into a live fire shooting field. And now a Canadian company wants to put a radioactive dump less than a mile from Lake Huron (which sort of touches Lake Michigan). John Flesher of the Canadian Press wrote that officials of Ontario Power Generation Inc., the company that wants the dump, says that only low-level radioactive waste would be dumped at the site, but not everyone believes that.

Michael Keegan, chairman of the Coalition for a Nuclear Free Great Lakes, said he feared the facility wouldn't always be limited to low-or intermediate-level waste.

"I think this is the camel's nose under the tent," said Keegan, of Monroe. "Once they get this deed done, look for the high-level waste."

Isn't the idea supposed to be to protect the Great Lakes?

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