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Protect the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence River from radioactive material

March 3rd, 2016 | Posted by admin

Save The River / Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper has joined over 100 groups to protect the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River from radioactive material.

The Lakes and River are at risk because of the high concentrations of nuclear industry, combined with the fact that these radioactive materials are currently not being monitored in a comprehensive way. Today more than 100 organizations from around the Great Lakes are calling on the Canadian and American governments to list radionuclides as a “chemical of mutual concern” under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

“A healthy St. Lawrence River is essential to our area”, said Lee Willbanks, ED/RK, “and there is no question that radionuclides are a threat to it. We don’t know enough about the comprehensive levels and impacts of these compounds, and this designation will help us learn more and better protect our freshwater.”

GL Nuclear Hot Spots

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Transporting oil via pipelines carries risks

March 1st, 2016 | Posted by admin

Originally published in the Watertown Daily Times on March 1, 2016, from Lee Willbanks Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper and Save The River Executive Director.

In response to Wednesday’s editorial: “Cruising to Disaster“, Save The River would like to express our enthusiastic support of the editors’ position on the dangers and inappropriate risks of winter navigation on the St. Lawrence River. . . [however] while pipelines may be safer, they are by no means fail safe.

Click here for the full text of the Riverkeeper’s letter.

Kalamazoo River Spill (from EPA)

Kalamazoo River Spill (from EPA)

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