DETROIT (AP) — Objections to a proposal to build a nuclear waste storage site near Lake Huron's Ontario shoreline are the subject of a town hall meeting Monday evening in Detroit.
The meeting, titled "Save the Great Lakes from Nuclear Waste," will be held at Wayne State University's Keith Center Lecture Hall, The Detroit News (http://bit.ly/1eVexBI ) reported.
The meeting's organizers include state Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood, D-Taylor. He sponsored a resolution that the Michigan Senate passed in May questioning the proposal.
Ontario Power Generation is proposing the storage facility for low- to medium-level nuclear waste at a site near Kincardine, Ontario. The company has said the underground rock formations would keep the waste safe for thousands of years.
In a YouTube video (http://bit.ly/19CrALm ), Hopgood says a radioactive leak from the storage site could threaten the Detroit area's water supply.
"This nuclear waste repository will be surrounded by Lake Huron on three sides and be located just upstream from the main drinking water intake for southeast Michigan," he said. "If this radioactive material leaks, the drinking water for 40 million people could be contaminated."
In mid-September, a review panel will begin public hearings on the storage project.
"Sometime in February would be the (earliest) that the panel would release its conclusions," said Ted Gruetzner, an Ontario Power Generation spokesman. The proposal then would go on to Ontario's Ministry of the Environment for a final review.
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