Growing concern about Great Lakes nuclear hot spots

All Things Great Lakes

Two recent news items should give pause to anyone who loves the Great Lakes and the 30 million people who rely  on the lakes for drinking water.

Great Lakes United and the International Institute of Concern for Public Health released a stunning map of nuclear hot spots in the Great Lakes basin. The map identified nuclear power plants, a proposed nuclear water dump near Lake Huron and other sites.

Four days after that map was released, the Palisades nuclear power plant in West Michigan released 79 gallons of “slightly radioactive water” into Lake Michigan. The owner of this troubled power plant assured the public that no harm was caused by the “slightly radioactive” water (which, to me, sounds like someone claiming they are “slightly pregnant”).

Together, these two items demonstrate that nuclear power remains a serious — and potentially growing — threat to the largest source of surface…

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1 Response to Growing concern about Great Lakes nuclear hot spots

  1. Jim Olson says:

    The waters of the Great Lakes Basin are held in trust by government — a public trust — for all citizens for fishing, boating, swimming, bathing, recreation, education, navigation, drinking water, and basic sustainability of quality of life. The trust is a perpetual trust, one that extends across generations and into this 21st century. The Supreme Courts of all 8 Great Lakes states, the U.S. Supreme Court, and Canadian courts recognize this trust and the responsibility that goes with it. Steam electric generating plants use huge quantities of water – they withdraw four times the Chicago diversion every day. The amount not returned in one week 2 billion equals the amount diverted at Chicago in a day. Add the risks of nuclear poison, and it’s time for governments to protect this water, communities, citizens — all 30 to 40 million — from this risk, and to assure no risks like this are expanded or ever taken again. It is and continues to be a violation of the public trust in these waters.


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