LANSING, Mich. — Today Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D–Taylor) introduced Senate Resolution 19 to encourage Congress and the Canadian government to do everything within their power to prevent the construction of Ontario Power Generation’s nuclear waste repository alongside Lake Huron.

 The resolution would urge Congress to invoke the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, which was designed as a partnership between the U.S. and Canada to share the responsibility and obligation of protecting the lakes from pollutants — including potential nuclear waste disasters.

 “For more than three years, we have asked the Canadian government to reconsider this dangerous, ill-advised plan,” Sen. Hopgood said. “Burying radioactive waste so close to Lake Huron, the source of drinking water for much of southeast Michigan and Flint, is a fool’s bet.”

 The Great Lakes, which make up the largest body of freshwater on Earth, provide drinking water to millions of people across Michigan and in neighboring states. Michigan’s economic health is largely dependent upon the lakes to support agriculture, tourism, commercial activities and shipping — industries that contribute to 1.5 million jobs and $62 billion in wages every year.

 “As we’ve seen with the Fukushima Daiichi reactor, all it takes is one accident to have devastating impacts,” Sen. Hopgood said. “In Michigan, that would immediately mean radioactive waste in drinking water, horrific health consequences for millions of people and a dramatic reduction in the economic stability of our state.”

 Sen. Hopgood has been a vocal advocate for smart nuclear disposal policies. He has previously written a letter of support to Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, who has publicly stated his support for environmental policies that preserve natural resources, and has traveled to Canada to testify on this issue.

 Eight members of Congress have also written to President Trump to express concern about OPG’s planned nuclear waste depository, and Canadian officials are accepting public comment on the issue until March 6, 2017. 

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