The Erie County Legislature have voted unanimously in opposition to a Canadian company’s plans for a nuclear waste dump site on the Great Lakes.
The sponsor of the resolution, Legislator Patrick B. Burke, D-Buffalo, said Thursday that Ontario Power Generation’s proposal for a radiological dump in Kincardine, Ont., on Lake Huron threatens a precious natural resource. Burke also noted that the Great Lakes provide fresh water for over 40 million people in both the U.S. and Canada.
“At a time when others around the world are taking steps to protect what little fresh water they have, I believe it is dangerous and irresponsible to risk the future of the Great Lakes by building this dump site,” Burke said.
He also is urging federal environmental officials to take action to protect the Great Lakes from any potential nuclear contamination. The Erie County Legislature joins 142 other governments in the Great Lakes region that have already voice oppositon to the proposal.