BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Trucks carrying nuclear waste could start crossing the Peace Bridge next month if a federal judge doesn’t intervene.
Seven environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, have sued the U.S. Department of Energy to stop this. They want to keep 150 truck-loads of highly radioactive liquid waste from being brought across the border.
The exact route the trucks would use is unclear, but they could choose the Peace Bridge.
Attorneys call this “unprecedented.”
More than 6,000 gallons of the liquid nuclear waste would be trucked 1,100 miles from Chalk River, Ontario through western New York, south to the Savannah River site in South Carolina.
Environmentalists say the plan should worry everyone.
“It doesn’t just stay on the highway, it’s gonna come over the Peace Bridge, go through the neighborhoods, and then it’ll go down 90 through farmland, through populated places, through communities and at any point, there could be an accident. The containment of the material is not guaranteed,” said Diane D’Arrigo, Nuclear Information and Resource service.
It could take four years to complete the project.
The Department of Energy has 60 days to respond to the lawsuit.