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Canada Nuclear Waste Plan Draws U.S. Lawmakers’ Opposition

April 22, 2020, 10:31 AM

Canada’s new long-term plan to bury high-level commercial nuclear waste in Ontario is drawing opposition from U.S. politicians as well as Canadian environmentalists.

But the project’s backers hope they can make a case for the C$23 billion ($16.5 billion) project’s safety while seeking grassroots public support.

The project aims to store 5.2 million bundles of spent fuel around 500 meters underground at a location near Michigan or Minnesota. It’s being developed by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), which consists of Canada’s nuclear power generating companies and includes Ontario Power Generation, New Brunswick Power Corp., Hydro-Quebec and the public-private Atomic...

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