Iroquois Caucus Condemns Plan To Truck Highly Radioactive Liquid Across Canada/U.S. Border From Chalk River

‘It is appalling that such reckless and irresponsible plans are given approval by regulators and the Courts.’                                    – Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon.

A Message from the Iroquois Caucus, consisting of elected Councils from Akwesasne, Kahnawà:ke, Kanesatake, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (Tyendinaga), Oneida Nation of the Thames, Six Nations of the Grand River and the Wahta Mohawks

Posted February 23rd, 2017 on Niagara At Large

(A Reminder from Niagara At Large of concerns several public interest groups and politicans on both sides of the border have that these shipments of highly toxic radioactive waste may pass through the Niagara and Buffalo regions as they cross border bridges over the Niagara River.)nuclear-waste

The Iroquois Caucus announced this February 22nd  that it is unanimously condemning a plan to truck 23,000 liters of highly radioactive liquid from Chalk River, Ontario across the International border to the Savannah River Site, South Carolina, using public roads and bridges.

This unprecedented action could have a devastating impact on the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence River ecosystem. Depending on the route(s) chosen, there is the potential for a spill or spills into waterways flowing into the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River or one of their many tributaries.

This ecosystem provides drinking water for an estimated 40 million people on both sides of the border.

 “We have stated clearly in the past that we will not stand idly by,” stated Chief Don Maracle of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte. “The seven communities of the Iroquois Caucus stand together in the protection of Mother Earth.”

 “It is appalling that such reckless and irresponsible plans are given approval by the regulators and the Courts when far more sensible solutions are at hand,” added Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon.

Many are concerned that the Peace Bridge at Niagara, Ontario and Buffalo, New York may soon be used to ship high-grade radioactive waste across the Canada/U.S. border

Many are concerned that the Peace Bridge at Niagara, Ontario and Buffalo, New York may soon be used to ship high-grade radioactive waste across the Canada/U.S. border

 “The Iroquois Caucus is well aware that liquid of a very similar nature has been routinely solidified and stored at Chalk River since 2003,” explained Kahnawà:ke Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton. “There are processes already in existence to ‘down-blend’ the liquid in order to eliminate highly-enriched uranium by converting it into low-enriched uranium.”

“We strongly encourage that all persons, communities and organizations that share our concerns stand together to ensure that common sense prevails,” concluded Akwesasne Grand Chief Abram Benedict. “There is no reason to continue with a plan that puts 40 million people at risk when alternatives readily exist.”

The Iroquois Caucus consists of elected Councils from Akwesasne, Kahnawà:ke, Kanesatake, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (Tyendinaga), Oneida Nation of the Thames, Six Nations of the Grand River and the Wahta Mohawks.

 Kahnawà:ke Kanehsatá:ke Akwesáhsne Tyendinaga Wahta Six Nations of the Grand River Oneida Nation of the Thames

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