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Michigan reps say they don't want Canada to store nuclear waste near Great Lakes

The Bruce Nuclear Generating Station right on Lake Huron in Ontario.
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Michigan Congressional representatives have introduced a resolution to oppose storing nuclear waste near the Great Lakes.

The resolution was introduced by Representatives Dan Kildee and John Moolenaar, along with Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters.

It’s not the first time a resolution like it has been introduced in Congress.

For years, there have been proposals in Canada to build permanent storage facilities for nuclear waste near Lake Huron. Two separate proposals are currently in the works.

One would be for low and intermediate level waste – things like clothing or mop heads used in nuclear facilities. The other is for spent fuel. Neither has approval from Canadian regulators.

For now, the waste is stored on site at nuclear facilities. One current storage area is at the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station, near Lake Huron.

Dustin Dwyer reports enterprise and long-form stories from Michigan Public’s West Michigan bureau. He was a fellow in the class of 2018 at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. He’s been with Michigan Public since 2004, when he started as an intern in the newsroom.
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