Too risky to bury nuclear waste near Great Lakes

As seen in the Detroit News:

A recent Detroit News editorial “Burial is the best option for nuclear waste,” argued that the gains of burying seven million cubic feet of radioactive waste less than a mile from Lake Huron outweigh the potential risks.

Both sides agree that nations must responsibly care for the waste they produce, particularly when that waste is radioactive. Michigan law provides protections in banning any radioactive waste facility from being located within ten miles of a Great Lake, but U.S. federal policy has failed in this regard by not completing the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada.

Unfortunately, Canadian policy regarding this site is far worse. It fails to account for the dump’s impact on the health of the Great Lakes basin, it infringes on the rights of a neighboring country, and it has been politically motivated to place the site in Kincardine, Ontario, rather than in a more suitable location far from the Great Lakes.

Canada is also failing to adhere to its own standards for nuclear waste storage set in 1986, when the Canadian government opposed a potential nuclear site in Maine within 25 miles of the border because it presented a threat to the welfare of Canadians.

Is any manmade facility meant to store nuclear waste for thousands of years mistake-proof? The obvious answer is no.

Why would anyone conclude that the best possible place to bury this nuclear waste is Kincardine, within a half mile of the world’s greatest source of fresh water?

Thankfully, Canada has delayed their decision on whether to proceed with this plan until after their federal election in October.

I hope this delay means Canada is seriously considering the risks associated with this project and the strong public opinion against it from their American neighbors and their own residents.

State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair,

25th District

Pavlov: ORV enthusiasts also enjoy a free weekend

LANSING, Mich. — Following up on Friday’s announcement encouraging anglers to take advantage of free fishing this weekend, state Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, said on Wednesday that June 13 and 14 also mean free fun for off road vehicle (ORV) enthusiasts.

“Michigan offers two ‘Free ORV Weekends’ this year: June 13 and 14 and Aug. 22 and 23,” said Pavlov, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources. “This means more great opportunities to enjoy Pure Michigan for those who enjoy our trails. This weekend, they can get off road, travel to premier fishing designations and catch some fine fish — all for free.”

During the Free ORV Weekend this Saturday and Sunday, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is waiving the requirement to have an ORV license or trail permit to ride an ORV on DNR-designated routes and trails or on public roads open to ORV riding.

Pavlov said ORV riders can explore more than 3,700 miles of designated ORV trails. All other ORV laws still apply. ORV trail maps are available at www.Michigan.gov/ORVTrails.

June 13 and 14 also mark Michigan’s Summer Free Fishing Weekend, in which the DNR waives all fishing license fees so participants may fish both inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish at no charge.

For more information on the Summer Free Fishing Weekend, including a list of activities across the state, visit www.Michigan.gov/FreeFishing.

Pavlov announces ‘Be a Senator for a Day’ summer reading contest

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, on Monday announced his 2015 “Be a Senator for a Day” summer reading contest in coordination with local libraries.

The contest begins Monday, June 22 and runs through Friday, Aug. 21. It is open to all first through fifth graders who have completed their local public library’s summer reading program in Huron, Sanilac and St. Clair counties and the communities of Richmond, Armada and New Baltimore in Macomb County.

“The 2015 ‘Be a Senator for a Day’ contest, in conjunction with the libraries’ reading programs, will encourage students to keep their minds active and growing over the summer months,” Pavlov said.

“We continue to learn more and more about the vital importance of reading for our young students. This is a fun way to promote this great activity and stimulate their interest in state government.”

The first through fifth grade students may be enrolled in any public, private or home-based school. Once students have completed the summer reading program, they may fill out a contest entry form at their local public library branch.

One winner from each branch will be selected as a “Junior Senator.” The Junior Senators will bring their parents to Lansing for a tour of the state Capitol, mock committee hearings and a pizza party with Pavlov.

Pavlov encourages residents to fish for free on June 13–14

LANSING, Mich. — Michiganders and out-of-state visitors can enjoy two days of free fishing next weekend, June 13 and 14, said state Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township.

“Michigan offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 11,000 inland lakes and 36,000 miles of rivers and streams,” said Pavlov, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources. “I encourage everyone to get out and enjoy our great outdoors and fish at no cost.”

The twice-per-year free fishing event, put on by the state Department of Natural Resources, waives all fishing license fees so participants may fish both inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish at no charge. All fishing regulations do still apply.

For more information on the Summer Free Fishing Weekend, including a list of activities across the state, visit www.Michigan.gov/FreeFishing.

Sen. Pavlov announces June office hours in Port Sanilac

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, announced that June office hours are scheduled for the 25th Senate District.

The senator will be available to meet with constituents at the following location:

Friday, June 26
3 – 4:30 p.m.
Uri’s Landing
7365 Cedar St.
Port Sanilac, MI 48469

All residents are welcome to hear a legislative update and discuss topics of interest. Office hours are for one-on-one discussions with the senator. Those unable to attend can contact Sen. Pavlov by calling his office toll-free at (866) 305-2125 or by selecting the Contact Me link, above. Make sure to check the website for the most up-to-date information.

Sen. Pavlov announces June office hours in New Baltimore

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, announced that June office hours are scheduled for the 25th Senate District.

The senator will be available to meet with constituents at the following location:

Monday, June 15
9 – 10 a.m.
Biggby Coffee
36540 Green St.
New Baltimore, MI 48047

All residents are welcome to hear a legislative update and discuss topics of interest. Office hours are for one-on-one discussions with the senator. Those unable to attend can contact Sen. Pavlov by calling his office toll-free at (866) 305-2125 or by selecting the Contact Me link, above. Make sure to check the website for the most up-to-date information.

Caution is required

As published in the Windsor Star

Re: We must dispose of nuclear waste here, Star editorial, May 30.

This Windsor Star editorial argues that the apparent gains of burying seven million cubic feet of radioactive waste less than a mile from the shore of Lake Huron outweigh the potential risks.

However, when those risks involve putting the world’s largest supply of fresh water in peril, we must proceed with the utmost caution to protect the millions of Canadian and American citizens who depend on the safety of that water.

Both sides agree that nations must responsibly care for the waste they produce, particularly when that waste is radioactive. U.S. federal policy has failed in this regard in not completing the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada.

Unfortunately, Canadian policy regarding this site has been far worse. It fails to account for the dump’s impact on the health of the Great Lakes basin, it infringes on the rights of a neighboring country, and it has been politically motivated to place the site in Kincardine, Ontario, rather than in a more suitable location far from the Great Lakes.

Canada is also failing to adhere to its own governmental standards for nuclear waste storage set in 1986, when Canada’s secretary of state for external affairs opposed a potential nuclear site in Maine within 25 miles of the border because it presented a threat to the welfare of Canadians.

Some insist that this site location is the best possible one.

They must answer this question. Is any manmade facility meant to store nuclear waste for thousands of years mistake proof? The obvious answer is no.

The next obvious question is why would anyone then conclude that the best possible place to bury this nuclear waste is Kincardine, within a half mile of the world’s greatest source of fresh water?

PHIL PAVLOV, State Senator, 25th District, Lansing, Mich.

Sen. Pavlov announces June office hours

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, announced that June office hours are scheduled for the 25th Senate District.

The senator will be available to meet with constituents at the following location:

Friday, June 12
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Huron County Administration Building
250 E. Huron Ave.
Bad Axe, MI 48413

All residents are welcome to hear a legislative update and discuss topics of interest. Office hours are for one-on-one discussions with the senator. Those unable to attend can contact Sen. Pavlov by calling his office toll-free at (866) 305-2125 or by selecting the Contact Me link, above. Make sure to check this website for the most up-to-date information.