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U.S. senator urges Obama to oppose Ontario nuclear waste plan

Senator Carl Levin, a Democrat from Michigan and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sits on the Senate subway at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 19.

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U.S. Sen. Carl Levin has introduced a resolution urging the Obama administration to oppose a proposal to bury radioactive waste less than a mile from Lake Huron in Ontario.

A federal panel in Canada is hearing testimony on the plan to store low- and intermediate-level waste from nuclear power plants in rock chambers more than 600 metres below the earth's surface.

Ontario Power Generation says the lake would be protected.

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Opponents say that can't be guaranteed when the material would remain radioactive for thousands of years.

The resolution urges the U.S. president and secretary of state to work with their counterparts to prevent a permanent nuclear waste repository from being built within the Great Lakes Basin.

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