- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A member of Congress and a state legislator from Michigan are criticizing a Canadian panel’s support for burying nuclear waste less than a mile from Lake Huron.

The advisory panel submitted a report Wednesday that concluded the project would do no significant environmental harm. Canada’s federal environment minister is expected to decide within 120 days whether to approve it.

Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee of Flint Township is sponsoring a nonbinding congressional resolution opposing the project. He said Thursday the panel should have considered other sites and couldn’t guarantee safety for the centuries that the waste will remain radioactive.

Republican state Sen. Phil Pavlov of St. Clair Township said the panel’s recommendation is “deeply troubling.”

Ontario Power Generation says entombing the waste in an underground rock chamber is the safest option.

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