DETROIT (WWJ) – Conservation groups are voicing concerns about a proposal to dump nuclear waste near Lake Huron.
As WWJ’s Rob Sanford reports, Ontario Power Generation is looking to build a waste dumping zone at a site just a mile from the water’s edge.READ MORE: Oxford High School Reopening Jan. 24 For First Time Since Shooting
The Canadian utility owns a nuclear plant near Lake Huron, and now officials have said they are looking for permanent site to leave low to mid level nuclear waste.
According to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, low-level waste includes items that have become contaminated with radioactive material or have become radioactive through exposure to neutron radiation, such as protective shoe coverings, clothing, wiping rags, mops, reactor water treatment residues, equipment and tools.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Where are the Female CEOs in Michigan?
John Jackson with Great Lakes United opposes the idea. He told the Detroit News it will be hard to contain something like nuclear waste that can last forever.
Plans would see a holding chamber to be constructed at more than 1,600 feet underground.MORE NEWS: MSU Police: Tip From Private Investigator Led To Discovery Of Body Believed To Be Brendan Santo
However, the proposed chamber location is nearly within the site of the lake itself, and that is just too close for some conservationists and local residents.