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Sen. Ruth Johnson: ‘Great news’ that nuclear waste dump along Lake Huron rejected

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Ruth Johnson is applauding the recent announcement by Ontario Power Generation that it will “develop an alternative” plan to building a permanent nuclear waste storage site near the shore of Lake Huron.

The announcement came after the Saugeen Ojibway Nation voted overwhelmingly to reject the project.

“This is great news for the 40 million people who rely on the Great Lakes for their drinking water and for the people who work in the farming, fishing, boating, and tourism industries supported by the lakes,” said Johnson, R-Holly.

Last year, Johnson sponsored Senate Resolution 92, which expressed concern about the proposed underground repository for radioactive nuclear waste in the Great Lakes basin.

“I sponsored the bipartisan measure as a way for us to take a stand for the health of our families, the safety of our water, the future of our economy and the ecology of the Great Lakes,” Johnson said. “Hopefully this means that Canada will no longer consider dumping its nuclear waste at sites that could jeopardize the world’s largest body of fresh water, the Great Lakes.”