Indian Country 52 #8 – Nuclear Waste
“Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) currently being stored at the nuclear facility at Chalk River, Ontario, is to be transported to a facility in South Carolina for processing.
The plan stems from a 2010 agreement that would allow the United States to repatriate the radioactive material, which will cost the Canadian government about $60 million (US).
“We have stated clearly in the past that we will not stand idly by,”
Transporting the material would take about 150 truckloads, accompanied by armed guards, to travel the nearly 1,700 kilometres to South Carolina
Each shipment will consist of four 58-litre steel containers inside a larger steel and lead tube, carrying the liquid radioactive waste, which includes isotopes of cesium, iodine, strontium and plutonium, as described in a U.S. lawsuit.”
– Radio Canada International, Highly Enriched Uranium transport objected to by First Nations.
“The Iroquois Caucus announced this February 22nd that it is unanimously condemning a plan to truck 23,000 liters of highly radioactive liquid from Chalk River, Ontario across the International border to the Savannah River Site, South Carolina, using public roads and bridges.
This unprecedented action could have a devastating impact on the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence River ecosystem. Depending on the route(s) chosen, there is the potential for a spill or spills into waterways flowing into the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River or one of their many tributaries.
This ecosystem provides drinking water for an estimated 40 million people on both sides of the border.”
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