Michigan congressman backs measure against Canada's plan to bury nuclear waste near Lake Huron

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: August 28, 2014 - 7:15 PM

SAGINAW, Mich. — A member of Congress from Michigan says he'll sponsor a resolution opposing a Canadian power company's plan to bury waste from nuclear plants less than a mile from Lake Huron.

Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee announced his plan Thursday during a boat trip on Saginaw Bay. His district includes a section of the lake's shoreline.

The nonbinding resolution will urge President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to take up the matter with the Canadian government.

Ontario Power Generation wants to entomb radioactive waste from in rock chambers 2,230 feet below the earth's surface near Kincardine, Ontario.

The company says the facility would be safe and wouldn't leak. Opponents say there's no way to guarantee that for the thousands of years that the waste would remain radioactive.

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