Canada to delay decision on nuclear waste facility on Great Lakes

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Canadian Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced that a decision on whether or not to approve the $1 billion Kincardine nuclear waste storage facility on Lake Huron will be postponed until after elections in the fall.

Minister Aglukkaq was supposed to make a final decision in September, but decided ultimately to delay the decision until December 2nd, 2015, after the federal election in Canada.

The Canadian repository still faces opposition from local residents and legislators in the United States.

Illinois Senator Mark Kirk has called the repository a “serious threat” to the Great Lakes.

Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow said that she “has been opposed to this plan from Day 1” and pledged to continue working to stop the Kincardine nuclear waste storage site from being built.

The 200,000 cubic meters of nuclear waste which is going to be stored at the proposed Kincardine site is now being stored above-ground on-site at nuclear power stations in Canada.

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