Thursday, June 26, 2008

For the Week of June 17 - July 2 2008 Question:

Are you concerned about the apparent lack of interest by our local news media about a possible uranium leak into Lake Ontario that may affect us here in Rochester?

A couple of weeks ago, I posted two news items on a possible uranium leak in Ottawa, Canada that could have possibly leaking into Lake Ontario. I have e-mailed a local newspaper about it and got no response. One visitor to my site mentioned her concern for the Rochester area that this possible leak might create, but nothing else. I find it strange that a possible leak of uranium into a body of water that links Ottawa and us has not been mentioned in our local news. Maybe some local media has and I have not heard about it. Or, maybe the leak did not happen. Anyway, here’s my question: Are you concerned about the apparent lack of interest by our local news media about a possible uranium leak into Lake Ontario that may affect us here in Rochester? If you have not heard about this issue, check out these two links below about this story:

  • Uranium Producer Warns of Lake Ontario Pollution - New York Times OTTAWA — Cameco, the world’s largest uranium producer, has told the Canadian nuclear regulator that its refinery might have leaked uranium, arsenic and fluorides into Lake Ontario. Cameco A section of the Port Hope, Ontario, plant of Cameco, the world’s largest uranium producer. The plant at Port Hope, Ontario, across the lake from Rochester and down the shore from Toronto, first refined uranium for the Manhattan Project during World War II. It has been temporarily closed since July to remove contaminated soil. (May 22, 08) The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia
  • Cameco testing for uranium leak in Lake Ontario - The world's largest uranium producer is looking into whether the element, along with arsenic and fluorides, might have leaked into Lake Ontario from its Port Hope processing plant.A spokesman for Cameco Corp. said that computer modelling in recent weeks shows that "small amounts of contaminated groundwater may be entering the harbour," but it's still unknown whether that is actually the case.(May 5, 08) Latest news from The Globe and Mail in RSS 2.0

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