Sarnia Mayor Says IJC Repository Study Has Merit file photo

Sarnia’s mayor believes a Michigan senator’s attempt to invoke a bilateral treaty to stop construction of a nuclear waste repository near Lake Huron, has a lot of merit.

Mike Bradley says he welcomes Debbie Stabenow’s call for a study by the International Joint Commission of risks the project might pose to the Great Lakes.

The commission was established under a 1909 treaty between the U.S. and Canada to resolve disputes over shared waterways.

A vocal opponent of the repository plan, Bradley says it’s yet another indication of how widespread the opposition is on both sides of the border.

Ontario Power Generation wants to bury hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste 680 metres underground at a site near Kincardine about one kilometre from the lake.

Approval of the project rests with Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, who has said she’ll make a decision by December 2nd.

The Michigan Democrat’s bill would order the U.S. State Department to ask Canada to delay a decision until the IJC study is finished.

(With files from the Associated Press/The Canadian Press)