Thirty-two Congressional representatives from the Great Lakes region are asking Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to intervene with Canadian authorities to block plans for permanently interring radioactive waste underground near Lake Huron.
The bipartisan coalition of lawmakers from the Great Lakes, which includes Rep. Brian Higgins of South Buffalo, wrote Tillerson this week to alert him to the Ontario Power Generation's plan to construct "a deep geologic repository for nuclear waste" in Kincardine, Ont.
The proposed site is less than a mile from the shores of Lake Huron.
The letter stated the coalition's position that nuclear waste storage in the Great Lakes carries heavy risks and could be "fundamentally devastating to an entire region," including millions that rely on its waters for fresh drinking water.
"Any contamination whatsoever would pose disastrous repercussions as all of the lakes are connected to one another, and no barrier, man-made or natural, would be able to stop a potential catastrophe of epic proportions," the letter states.
It adds that "given the extraordinary importance of this precious resource, we, along with many of our colleagues, have repeatedly emphasized our opposition to permanently burying nuclear waste within the Great Lakes basin."