Pavlov serves on international panel highlighting Canadian nuclear waste debate

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Phil Pavlov on Tuesday spoke as part of an expert panel at a Toronto town hall meeting on the planned construction of a nuclear dump that could jeopardize the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

The “Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump” panel invited Pavlov to join an international array of speakers to discuss Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) plan to build a nuclear waste disposal facility in Kincardine, Ontario, less than a mile from the shores of Lake Huron.

“There has been a groundswell of opposition to this proposal, and for good reason,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “OPG failed to consider any other sites for their dump other than this location near Lake Huron. Several environmental organizations, thousands of citizens, more than 100 Michigan communities, our U.S. senators, and other legislators have all called for an end to this proposal.

“Now, most recently, a noted expert in environmental impact assessment, Dr. Peter Duinker, says OPG’s environmental impact statement (EIS) has ‘significant flaws of approach and method.’ He also calls their work ‘not credible,’ the methods used ‘not defensible’ and the conclusions of the EIS ‘not reliable.’

“It is readily apparent that the construction of this site must not go forward.”

Pavlov led the Michigan Senate in passing legislation last year calling on the U.S. to invoke International Joint Commission provisions to stop the construction of the facility. In August, Michigan’s U.S. senators echoed Pavlov’s effort by introducing similar resolutions at the federal level.

Pavlov also started a petition, www.ProtectLakeHuron.com, signed by thousands, calling for an end to the dump.

The decision on whether or not to go forward with the plan is in the hands of the Canadian minister of the environment, who is expected to announce a decision by Dec. 2.

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