Eugene Bourgeois, a business owner and sheep farmer from Inverhuron,Ontario, Canada will speak at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at the Donald E. Dodge Auditorium in the St. Clair County Administration Building, 200 Grand River, Port Huron, Mich. His talk on “Reasons to oppose a nuclear waste dump site near Lake Huron” is sponsored by the Blue Water Sierra Club and is free and open to the public. As a long-time neighbor and critic of the owner and operators of the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station, he will speak about the risks of a proposed deep underground dump for radioactive wastes from 20 Ontario reactors – and the critical opportunity for area citizens to speak out. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is asking the Canadian federal government to approve its proposal to bury radioactive wastes from 20 of its reactors in a deep burial site beneath the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station, near Kincardine, Ontario, on the eastern shore of Lake Huron. The St. Clair River is directly downstream from Lake Huron. Also, Port Huron and much of southeast Michigan obtains drinking water from Lake Huron, which also supports important fisheries, tourism and recreation. A Joint Review Panel, responsible for overseeing this part of the environmental assessment process, announced May 24, 2013 as the end of the public comment period for the interested public (including First Nation and U.S. citizens) to comment on whether OPG has provided all the information required by the environmental impact statement guidelines in 2009, and whether they have provided enough information for the Joint Review to proceed to a public hearing. The draft environmental impact statement and supporting studies can be found at: http://www.nwmo.ca/dgr/ and comments and public records to date can be found at:http://www.ceaa.gc.ca/050/details-eng.cfm?evaluation=17520 . Interested citizens can send questions about the project in writing, addressed to Dr. Stella Swanson, Chair, Joint Panel Review, at: DGR.Review@ceaa-acee.gc.ca Bourgeois began his studies in honors mathematics at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He finished with a Bachelor of Independent Studies degree and a Master of Arts in philosophy. Bourgeois will answer questions after his talk.
Blue Water Sierra Club is a Conservation Committee of the Southeast Michigan Group of the Michigan Chapter of Sierra Club.