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.
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.