BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Liquid nuclear waste could soon be transported over the Peace Bridge from Canada.
Representative Brian Higgins addressed Congress Thursday calling the proposal a potential “mobile Chernobyl.”
Higgins wants the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to assess the proposal that takes the liquid waste from Ontario to a location in South Carolina.
Higgins said the toxic waste could begin traveling over the Peace Bridge and through Western New York in September of 2015 in a series of weekly shipments.
“An EIS provides a roadmap to make informed decisions on proposals and is especially warranted given the volatile substance and significant impact area involved in this case,” said Higgins.
The Department of Energy maintains they have done the research. They told News 4 the materials transported meet regulatory requirements in both the U.S. and Canada.
Their last environmental analysis in 2013 concluded that the transportation impacts would be minimal.
But that’s not enough to calm many fears.
Karly Grice of Buffalo said, “The best laid plans are going to fall through sometimes, that’s what an accident is, and if there’s an accident you’re not going to be able to clean them up in a way that’s safe.”