Growing concern about Great Lakes nuclear hot spots

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.

The Palisades nuclear power plant in West Michigan.

The Palisades nuclear power plant in West Michigan.

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 freshwater on the planet.

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2 Responses to Growing concern about Great Lakes nuclear hot spots

  1. tcabala says:

    Nukes in the Great Lakes are a HUGE big deal. The question is how to galvanize public attention to the issue. I did some work for Don’t Waste Michigan when the group commented on the license extension for Palisades some years back. It’s a very complicated issue, very bureaucratic to participate in, and there are even quite a few environmentalists who support nuclear energy. I don’t understand why anyone would support this energy source — it is by far one of the most irresponsible options, as current generations benefit from the energy use and then pass the responsibility for waste disposal to their children, grandchildren, etc. Disgraceful . . . .

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