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Congressman Paul Mitchell

Representing the 10th District of Michigan

Mitchell Leads House Letter Asking Administration to Urge Canada to Halt Nuclear Waste Project

February 1, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representative Paul Mitchell (MI-10) sent a bipartisan letter with twelve of his House colleagues asking the Trump administration to urge Canada to halt the Ontario Power Generation (OPG) proposal to store nuclear waste near Lake Huron.  Representative Mitchell issued the following statement after releasing the letter:

“The Great Lakes make up one fifth of the world’s fresh surface-water supply and are a source of drinking water for 40 million people.  This plan poses a danger to a crucial water source and a failure at the site would disrupt both Michigan and Canadian tourism and commerce.

I ask the Trump administration to urge our Canadian neighbors to identify a more suitable location outside of the Great Lakes basin to protect the citizens and the environment of both nations.”

The full text of the letter can be found here.

A total of thirteen members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Representative Mitchell, signed onto the bipartisan letter that was sent to President Trump:

Rep. Jack Bergman (MI-1), Rep. Mike Bishop (MI-8) Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Rep. Sean Duffy (WI-7), Rep. Bill Huizenga (MI-2), Rep. David Joyce (OH-14), Rep. Dan Kildee (MI-5), Rep. Sandy Levin (MI- 9), Rep. Betty McCollum (MN-4), Rep. Rick Nolan (MN-8), Rep. Louise Slaughter (NY-25), Rep. Dave Trott (MI-11).

BACKGROUND

OPG, a Canadian energy company has proposed to build a nuclear waste facility in Kincardine, Ontario.  OPG’s current proposal is to permanently store low and intermediate level radioactive waste 2,000 feet underground the shore of Lake Huron. Michigan’s 10th Congressional District, represented by Congressman Mitchell, relies on Lake Huron as a critical water source and tourist attraction.

 

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