Mayor Bradley urging Great Lakes group to oppose plan to store nuclear waste

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley has written the chair and vice chair of the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, urging the organization to oppose a plan by Ontario Power Generation to store nuclear waste in a deep reservoir near the shore of Lake Huron in the vicinity of Kincardine's Bruce Nuclear.

In a letter dated Nov. 8 and addressed to both the chair and vice chair of the Chicago-based organization (of which Sarnia is a member), Bradley said "our organization has always been a leader in protecting the integrity of the Great Lakes in many different areas throughout its history.

"What has developed in the last number of years is the possibility of serious contamination, whether it be by the shipment of steam generators, or the high level/low level waste depositories that may be located within the watershed of the Great Lakes."

A website set up to alert members of the public to the plan ( says the intent is to limit the material stored to "medium and low level" waste.

A local community group, the Inverhuron Committee (named for the area in which OPG is proposing the storage facility), presented Bradley with a brief, which he has passed on to the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative.

A plan by OPG to create a "Deep Geologic Repository" would, the group said, citing various studies, endanger the watershed.

"If water enters the DGR it will corrode containers and carry radioactive waste into the groundwater," said the brief.

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