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Levin, Stabenow introduce Senate companion to Kildee House resolution opposing permanent storage of nuclear waste in Great Lakes Basin

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., today introduced a Senate resolution urging the administration to oppose a Canadian proposal to build a permanent nuclear waste repository in the Great Lakes Basin. The measure is a companion resolution to one introduced by Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint, earlier this month. The Senate resolution is co-sponsored by Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.
‘Canada’s proposed nuclear waste storage facility, less than a mile from Lake Huron, would not only threaten our precious lakes, but it could also be disastrous for the health of our citizens and our economy,’ Levin said. ‘For over a century, the U.S. and Canada have worked together to protect our shared water, and we need to make sure that decisions we make about permanently storing nuclear waste continue our history of careful stewardship of our lakes.’
‘Michigan’s Great Lakes are an invaluable resource that must be protected from the threat of Canadian nuclear waste,’ Congressman Kildee said. ‘Permanently burying nuclear waste less than a mile from Lake Huron would put the world’s largest fresh water source at risk and jeopardize billions in economic activity each year. I will continue to work with Senator Levin and a growing number of legislators in both the House and Senate to ensure that such a permanent storage facility is not built so close to our shared water resources.’
‘Canada’s proposed nuclear waste dump on the shores of Lakes Huron puts our Great Lakes at risk of radioactive contamination that could have devastating consequences for future generations,’ said Stabenow. ‘I have expressed my strong objections to the Canadian government directly, and today’s resolution puts additional pressure on the Canadians to stop this plan.’
Ontario Power Generation has proposed to build a permanent repository for nuclear waste less than a mile from Lake Huron in Kincardine, Ontario. This close proximity to the lake, Levin and Kildee argue, could be disastrous if an accidental spill were ever to occur. The highly toxic waste can take tens of thousands of years to decompose to safe levels.
The Canadian government has expressed similar concerns in the past. In the 1980s, the U.S. Department of Energy studied potential sites for a permanent nuclear waste repository in the United States, and the Canadian government expressed concern with locating the permanent repository within the countries’ shared water basins.
The resolution urges the 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. It further states that the U.S. and Canada should develop a safe and responsible solution for the long-term storage of nuclear waste.
Kildee’s House resolution is co-sponsored by Reps. Sandy Levin, D-Royal Oak, Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Twp., and Brian Higgins, D-N.Y.
Over 40 million people in Canada and the United States get their drinking water from the Great Lakes.

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Levin, Stabenow introduce Senate companion to Kildee House resolution opposing permanent storage of nuclear waste in Great Lakes Basin

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Michigan delegation pushes for emergency disaster declaration

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Levin floor statement in support of provision to train and equip Syrian opposition forces to defeat ISIS

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Michigan Delegation Pushes for Emergency Disaster Declaration

Today, a bipartisan group of thirteen members of the Michigan congressional delegation wrote to President Obama urging support of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s request for a Presidential disaster declaration, following flash floods caused by record rainfall in early August.
The letter, signed by Sens. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Reps. John D. Dingell (D-MI12), John Conyers (D-MI13), Sander Levin (D-MI09), Fred Upton (R-MI06), Dave Camp (R-MI04), Mike Rogers (R-MI08), Candice Miller (R-MI10), Gary Peters (D-MI14), Tim Walberg (R-MI07), Bill Huizenga (R-MI02), and Dan Kildee (D-MI05), details much of the damage caused by flash flooding in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties.
‘Record one-day totals of rainfall – four to six inches in less than four hours in some locations – flooded Metro Detroit and caused millions of dollars in damage to homes, businesses, vehicles, public buildings and infrastructure,’ the group wrote in the letter. ‘Treacherous conditions, sedimentation and high water levels severely impacted highways and local roadways. In fact, water levels rose as high as 12 feet in some sections of our highways, which were closed for days while crews removed flooded cars, sediment and water. The flooding also slowed manufacturing, a vital part of Michigan’s economy, and closed small businesses as a result of transportation disruptions and damage.’
The state of Michigan estimates more than $1.1 billion in total residential and commercial flood damage in the three affected counties, requiring recovery beyond the capacity of state and local governments, according to the delegation.
A copy of the letter can be found here, and full text can be found below:
September 18, 2014
The PresidentThe White HouseWashington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
We are writing in full support of Governor Rick Snyder’s request on September 17, 2014 for a Presidential disaster declaration for the State of Michigan as a result of severe flash flooding that struck the counties of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb in metropolitan Detroit. Nearly four million of our State’s residents reside in these three counties.
Record one-day totals of rainfall – four to six inches in less than four hours in some locations – flooded Metro Detroit and caused millions of dollars in damage to homes, businesses, vehicles, public buildings and infrastructure. Treacherous conditions, sedimentation and high water levels severely impacted highways and local roadways. In fact, water levels rose as high as 12 feet in some sections of our highways, which were closed for days while crews removed flooded cars, sediment and water. The flooding also slowed manufacturing, a vital part of Michigan’s economy, and closed small businesses as a result of transportation disruptions and damage.
The Governor declared a state of emergency on August 13, 2014, allowing state resources to assist with the recovery. However, with severe damage of this magnitude, and as described in the Governor’s request, effective recovery is beyond the capacity of state and local governments.
The State of Michigan reports estimates that total residential and commercial flood damage in the three-county area exceeded $1.1 billion. In addition, across the three-county area, damage surveys indicated that less than 20 percent of flood-damaged homes were covered by flood insurance and sewer back-up insurance.
We urge you to make a federal disaster declaration and provide the requested assistance so that communities across Southeast Michigan can rebuild. Thank you for your consideration of our request.
Sincerely,
Debbie StabenowU.S. Senator
Carl LevinU.S. Senator
John D. DingellMember of Congress
John ConyersMember of Congress
Sander LevinMember of Congress
Fred UptonMember of Congress
Dave CampMember of Congress
Mike RogersMember of Congress
Candice MillerMember of Congress
Gary PetersMember of Congress
Tim WalbergMember of Congress
Bill HuizengaMember of Congress
Dan KildeeMember of Congress

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NASA’s 2015 Sample Return Robot Challenge Open for Registration

Registration is open for the fourth running of the NASA Centennial Challenge program’s Sample Return Robot Challenge, which will take place June 8-13, 2015. The autonomous robot competition, which carries a prize purse of $1.5 million, will be held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, which has hosted the event since 2012.

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NASA Television Coverage Set for Next Space Station Crew Launch

NASA Television will provide extensive coverage of the Sept. 25 launch from Kazakhstan of three crew members of Expedition 41/42, as they begin their planned six-hour journey to the International Space Station. NASA Television coverage will start at 3:30 p.m. EDT and will include video of the pre-launch activities leading up to spacecraft boarding.

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Levin, Wyden, McCain release GAO report showing large partnerships avoid IRS audits

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Recognizing the 25th anniversary of Laurium Manor Inn

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Senators Stabenow, Levin announce support for Marquette Fire Department

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