Nuclear Waste Burial Debate Produces Odd Alliances

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

KINCARDINE, Ontario (AP) -- A proposal to bury nuclear waste deep underground near Lake Huron in the Canadian province of Ontario is creating some odd alliances.

Ontario Power Generation says the waste would be safely entombed in rock chambers 2,230 feet below the earth's surface.

Instead of "not in my backyard" opposition, the project has strong support from nearby Kincardine and other neighboring towns, where the nuclear industry is a major employer.

But it's opposed by many people in places farther away -- including Michigan, which shares Lake Huron shorelines with Ontario.

Members of Congress and other critics say it's too risky to put radioactive waste so near the lake.

A panel that conducted public hearings is expected to make a recommendation to Canada's government next spring.

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