Panel OKs Nuclear Shipment On Great Lakes

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has approved a shipment of 16 scrapped power generators with radioactive contents across three of the Great Lakes.

The panel announced its decision Friday, turning aside objections from environmentalists and some local officials in the region who said the lakes would be contaminated if there were an accidental spill.

Bruce Power Inc. plans to send the spent generators to a recycling plant in Sweden aboard a 387-foot cargo vessel. Each generator is about the size of a school bus.

The shipment would depart from a port on Lake Huron’s Owen Sound and traverse Lakes Erie and Ontario, plus the St. Lawrence River, before reaching the Atlantic Ocean.

The company says recycling the generators would be good for the environment.

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  • Al T

    Ship them by train or truck to a port on the Atlantic. The great lakes are too improtant a resource to even chance this shipment.

    • anti nuke

      sorry dude.its canada doing it,meaning its another country. cant impose our will on everyone. cross your fingers

      • Al T

        I understand that. But, Canada is a signatory (along with MN, WI, IL, IN, MI, OH, PA, NY) to a Great Lakes treaty. Hopefully there will be something in there that disallows this or will give us some leverage.

  • DTE

    They are not dumping the generators in the lakes. Just passing through.

    People want the electricity and the modern conveniences but don’t want to pay the price for them…

    • Roberta Waker

      The price could be our lives and the lives of our children if there is an accident. It is NOT worth it. This should NOT be allowed to happen because of the threats involved, not only to the environment; but to humanity itself.

  • Wally

    Stupid, Very Stupid. When they try to cut corners to feed the greed and a disaster happens like the Gulf oil spill, Drink poison for life. They are recycling to make money on it and don’t care about anything else.

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