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Nuclear waste burial site near Great Lakes attracts debate

Attempts by a Canadian power company to bury nuclear waste near the Great Lakes are being met with fierce opposition, according to a report by The Associated Press.

The proposed site is 2,230 feet below the surface and less than one mile away from Lake Huron, which borders Michigan and the Canadian province of Ontario.

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Ontario supports the plan while loud objections are coming from Michigan and its lawmakers.

"Neither the U.S. nor Canada can afford the risk of polluting the Great Lakes with toxic nuclear waste," Democratic Reps. Dan Kildee, Sander Levin, John Dingell and Gary Peters of Michigan said in a letter to a panel that will make a recommendation to Canada's federal government, which has the final say.

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The decision on the proposed site is expected sometime next spring.