Recently, the International Joint Commission (IJC) held public hearings to hear ideas on how the Great Lakes are being taken care of, and what still needs to be done. They heard plenty.
Carol Izant, Co-Chair of the Alliance to Halt Fermi 3 said, “Our overall concern is with the problem of routine radioactive nuclear releases from the 30 nuclear power plants along the shores of the Great Lakes.” She also said, “The IJC doesn’t consider radionuclides to be a chemical of mutual concern so they are not able to dial up the dollars to do the science to test and measure the impact of nukes on the Great Lakes Basin.” She continued, “Since nuclear power is the most expensive form of energy, it’s like they built a mansion but they forgot to put in the toilet.”
In short, she wants the IJC to make specific recommendations to keep nuclear waste out of the Great Lakes. Below, we have a video.
For a more complete story on these hearings, we recommend an article by Mary Ellen Geist in Great Lakes Now.
Featured image photo credit: Great Lakes Now
(Originally published March 2, 2016 on https://athf3.wordpress.com/)
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March 2, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Washington, D.C., U.S.A. – More than 100 organizations from around the Great Lakes are calling on the Canadian and American governments to list radionuclides as a “chemical of mutual concern” under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The groups’ call is supported by a new report outlining the shortcomings of current efforts to track radionuclides and explaining what needs to be done to properly monitor these dangerous substances in our Great Lakes.
Continue reading “Chemicals of Concern”
(Originally published January 19, 2016 on https://athf3.wordpress.com/)
… radionuclides – radioactive isotopes, many of which are water-soluble – are not officially considered “chemicals of concern” by agencies that are supposed to watch over water quality in the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes are surronded by numerous nuclear power plants which create large quantities of intensely harmful isotopes in their reactor cores. An accident like Fukushima could dump large quantities into the Great Lakes. “Normal” reactor operations regularly dump smaller quantities. Continue reading “Absurd as it is …”
(Originally published January 17, 2016 on https://athf3.wordpress.com/)
Prepared for Canadian Environmental Law Association
Prepared by John Jackson
Acknowledgements: Thanks to Fe de Leon, Theresa McClenaghan, and Anna Tilman for their assistance in writing this paper and to Andrew Pickles and Tracy Tucker for final production of the report.- The Canadian Environmental Law Association would like to recognize the support of the Salamander Foundation, Legal Aid Ontario and the Resource Library for the Environment and the Law. Continue reading “Radionuclides as a Chemical of Mutual Concern in the Great Lakes Basin”