(AREA) -- A panel that will help decide whether to allow the construction of a Canadian nuclear waste dump on the shores of Lake Huron has told Senator Phil Pavlov of St. Clair Township that he cannot speak at public hearings the panel is holding in September. Senator Pavlov submitted key testimony regarding the dangers the proposed facility would pose to the environmental and economic health of the Great Lakes basin.
Pavlov said the testimony he submitted to the Deep Geologic Repository Joint Review Panel presented "a compelling case" that Ontario Power Generation's proposal to permanently bury the equivalent of about 53 million gallons of radioactive waste on the shores of Lake Huron is contrary to sound public policy. Pavlov urges residents to sign a petition on the issue at www.protectlakehuron.com
The hearings of the Deep Geologic Repository Joint Review Panel are scheduled to start Sept. 9 and are expected to last about two weeks.