The Anatomy of a Terrible Idea

A few days ago I found myself standing before the breathtaking majesty of Niagara Falls.

But all I could think about was Lake Huron, which lies upstream, about 250km to the West.

There is a plan to bury radioactive nuclear waste on the shores of Lake Huron, in the basin of these very headwaters, despite extensive public protest.

If you could guarantee me with 99.9% confidence that buried nuclear waste in the Huron basin would never leak — an idea which alone ignores some basic principles of entropy, as far as I can reckon — this still seems like a terrible proposition to me. Expediency in the short-term is not worth the risk, even a 0.1% risk, when you look at the magnitude of what is interconnected to these waters.

Canadian_Horseshoe_Falls_with_Buffalo_in_backgroundI’m not a physicist. Far from it. But I stood before Niagara Falls — with it’s cooling spray showering me, along with hundreds of other tourists — I found myself wondering: could radioactivity be aerosolized in this gigantic cloud of mist constantly pluming above us? Am I only fear mongering myself, now? All I can say for certain is that this is not just a debate for one company or one municipality… This involves us all, irrespective of borders. I’d encourage you to take action on this, and to invite your own personal network to do so as well.

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