Saugeen-Ojibway reject proposed nuclear waste site
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI (MPRN)-- A proposed nuclear waste site on the shores of Lake Huron in Canada has been voted down by the Native tribe that owns the land.
The Saugeen-Ojibway Nation, on whose land the nuclear storage site was proposed, voted overwhelmingly to oppose the placement of the site on their territory.
Fred Kuntz is a spokesperson for Ontario Power Generation, which proposed the storage site.
“The decision was clear from Saugeen-Ojibway nation and OPG respects that decision. Next steps include moving forward to find an alternate solution.”
Kuntz says the company believes a deep repository is the only long term solution to nuclear waste.
A spokesperson for the Saugeen-Ojibway called the decision a “historic milestone and momentous victory” in the exercise of Aboringinal Treaty Rights.