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Image by “Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Inc.”

Ontario Power Generation (OPG), a multi-billion dollar power generation company, is planning to build a nuclear waste dump (a Deep Geological Repository or DGR) 1 km from the shores of Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada.

This video presents Agenda Plus: Opposing OPG’s Nuclear Waste Plan.

  • Beverly Fernandez of the Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump discusses developments in the debate raging over Ontario Power Generation’s plan to bury nuclear waste 680 metres below the ground near Kincardine, Ontario.

Some of this nuclear waste remains toxic and lethal for over 100,000 years.

“Scientists cannot guarantee  that this Nuclear Waste Dump will not leak.

The Great Lakes provide safe clean drinking water for 40 million people in two countries, as well as providing recreation, fishing, supporting agriculture, plant and aquatic life. Why would we bury radioactive nuclear waste beside this precious resource?

Ontario Power Generation, the applicant, states  this underground dump “is not likely to result  in any significant residual adverse effects to  human health or the environment, including  Lake Huron and the Great Lakes.” Is “not likely” good enough?

Ontario Power Generation did not consider ANY  other sites for this nuclear waste dump except right beside the Great Lakes. Is this responsible?

OPG claims it has done its homework, yet  the Joint Review Panel’s own consultant, Dr. Duinker, concluded that OPG’s analysis  was “not credible, not defensible, not clear, not reliable, inappropriate.”

An underground nuclear waste dump in limestone is unproven and unprecedented.”

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In the following letter, the Avaaz team is asking for our help to:

  • please sign the petition in the letter below to urge Premier Wynne to cancel the project and
  • share it with everyone you know – when 50,000 sign the Avaaz team will take our message directly to the Premier.

Dear friends,

Ontario wants to spend a fortune burying tonnes of nuclear waste next to 40 million people’s drinking water — but the new Premier has the power to stop it and a massive outcry can pressure her into killing the plan and protecting our water. Click now to sign and share with everyone!

 

SIGN THE PETITION

Ontario has tonnes of nuclear waste but nowhere to put it. Now they want to spend a fortune burying the problem next to 40 million people’s drinking water — but we can still protect our Great Lakes.

The decision to dump heaps of long-lasting radioactive waste right next to Lake Huron is being rammed forward with the help of a few well-lobbied politicians and huge corporate pay-offs but we can still speak up. The Ontario government owns the mega corporation that wants to park this toxic garbage next to our water supply and Premier Wynne is politically vulnerable so a huge outcry could get her to kill the project. Let’s stop the radioactive dump by creating a wave of support for clean water and responsible nuclear policies.

Ontario’s nuclear corporation wants to truck its waste through our communities and dump it next to our drinking water. Let’s stop this disaster before it happens! Click now to tell Premier Wynne to cancel the project and share widely — when 50,000 sign we’ll take our message directly to the Premier:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_nuclear_dump_ontario/?bkyeWbb&v=44372

Germany tried to bury its nuclear waste in a similar type of dump site and now it’s leaking radioactive water. Yet Ontario Power Generation (OPG), a government owned corporation, wants to spend $1 billion dumping tonnes of toxic waste just over a kilometre away from the world’s largest network of freshwater lakes.

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This video presents “Incredible by Any Measure… the Great Lakes”:

  • The Nature Conservancy shows the importance of protecting and restoring the world’s largest freshwater system:

Did you know that Ontario’s Great Lakes form the longest freshwater coastline in the world stretching more than 11,000 kilometres?

In appreciation of these marvelously vital ecological resources, the provincial government is offering residents in Ontario, Canada, a great green opportunity to protect and restore a part of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin  via the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund:

Happy World Water Day: Launching Minister's Award for Environmental Excellence

Happy World Water Day: Launching Minister's Award for Environmental Excellence

Ontarians are very fortunate to have Lake Ontario and other parts of the Great Lakes to the tune of $1.8 billion in sales of clean water and clean water technologies to the world due to the following reasons.

  • “Ontario borders on four of the five Great Lakes which contain 20 per cent of the world’s fresh water and hold 95 per cent of North America’s fresh surface water.
  • We have more than a quarter of a million lakes, rivers and streams and rich groundwater resources – not to mention a multitude of plants and animals that necessarily thrive in such lush surroundings.
  • The Great Lakes Basin — Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario and their watersheds — covers an area of 750,000-square kilometres. That’s an area larger than New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island combined.
  • More than 98 per cent of Ontario residents — 11 million people — live within the Great Lakes Basin. Most live near the shores, in eight of Canada’s 20 largest cities, which include Toronto, Hamilton, Windsor and Sarnia.
  • The people of Ontario depend on the Great Lakes for their drinking water.
  • Over 70 per cent, or three out of four residents, get their drinking water from the Lakes.
  • The Ontario portion of the Great Lakes water supply provide recreational enjoyment, economic values (industries, farming, fishing, shipping), and power as a source of renewable and non-renewable energy. For example, lake winds power turbines to create electricity, while deep beneath the bottoms of some lakes lie stores of oil and natural gas.”

So, with the world-wide increasing demand for clean, fresh water, it is very important to protect Ontario’s portion of the Great Lakes Basin water supply for us and our children to use and enjoy now and in the future.

For 2011, the  Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence is focused on water and toxics reduction because the government wants to protect our fresh water from pollution, whether it’s from industrial sources, sewage systems, chemicals in use at farms, or any other source – even rainwater containing particulates from polluted air.

Protecting water at its source is a good move forward by the government and everyone in ensuring that every Ontarian has access to safe drinking water.

So nominate a friend, community member or business in recognition of their efforts to help protect and conserve our environment. You can even nominate yourself.

Please note that the ministry will be accepting nominations for the Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence until May 6, 2011.

Please click here for application criteria and program detail.

All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. May 6, 2011.

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