Pavlov: Deadline to protest nuke dump is next Tuesday

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Phil Pavlov on Monday reminded residents that next Tuesday, Sept. 1 is the deadline for submitting public comments to a Canadian agency to protest the construction of a nuclear dump that could damage the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

“Thousands of ordinary citizens have demanded an end to this project by signing the petition at www.ProtectLakeHuron.com, and our U.S. senators have echoed my call to President Obama to step in,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “I am urging my constituents and anyone else who hasn’t had their voice heard to submit comments. This is your last opportunity to have an impact on this decision.”

Pavlov said residents can submit comments on the proposed nuclear waste facility by mail to:

National Programs
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
22nd Floor, 160 Elgin St., Ottawa, ON K1A 0H3

Comments also can be submitted by email to ceaa.conditions.acee@ceaa-acee.gc.ca.

A Canadian company has proposed building a nuclear waste facility in Kincardine, Ontario, less than a mile from the shores of Lake Huron. In June 2014 the Michigan Senate passed a resolution sponsored by Pavlov and other state lawmakers calling on President Obama to invoke international provisions to stop the construction of the site.

More than 100 Michigan communities have passed local resolutions in opposition to the proposal, and Michigan’s two U.S. senators recently said they soon will be introducing legislation similar to Pavlov’s.

Pavlov stressed the importance of everyday residents speaking out.

“It is important that leaders here in the U.S. and in Canada have taken action against this site,” Pavlov said. “But the comments that folks send to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency will be considered before a final decision is made on whether to proceed with the facility. So it is critical that people speak up by submitting comments.”

Canadian Minister of the Environment Leona Aglukkaq will take into account the comments regarding the site when deciding whether to approve it. Aglukkaq is expected to announce her decision in December.