October 25, 2016
October 22, 2016
The Great Lakes region is host to nearly 40 nuclear power reactors, several in the decommissioning stage, 9 of them situated around Lake Michigan (An Advocate?s Field Guide to Protecting Lake Michigan, Alliance for the Great Lakes). Many of the reactors are nearing the end of their original licenses, but instead of being decommissioned, they are being re-licensed to run for several more decades. Nuclear power plants were originally licensed to operate for 40 years, but there has been a nationwide movement by government regulators and the nuclear power industry to extend the licenses well beyond that time period, even though the reactors are beginning to show signs of aging, raising considerable concerns about safety. 39 of the nation?s 103 nuclear reactors have already received 20-year extensions, while 12 others are in the process, including the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in Covert Township, Michigan. The Nuclear Regulatory…
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October 22, 2016
There are 37 nuclear power plants in the Great Lakes watershed. Pictured is Palisades Nuclear Power plant in Covert Michigan. This plant should have been shut down years ago. Its radioactive wastes are stored near the plant. Its high level wastes are buried on site. These wastes are so toxic and so long lasting that they threaten all life in and around the Great Lakes if released. This is a threat to our greatest freshwater system on Planet Earth and future generations.
September 29, 2016
Chromium 6 a carcinogen Click the link to see if this cancer causing pollutant is in your water.
September 12, 2016
Beware of rip currents that can carry you away from shore very rapidly. If you feel you are caught in a rip current swim parallel to the shore to escape. This is what a rip current may look like. If you see a red flag flying, do not swim. If a yellow flag is flying be very careful.
September 8, 2016
Read about Great Lakes fishing in The Dynamic Great Lakes by Barbara Spring available on Amazon.com, bn.com and many other bookstores.
August 20, 2016
The Great Lakes are the greatest freshwater system on this planet. They are interconnected and have their outlet through the St. Lawrence River to the Atlantic Ocean.
June 27, 2016
Upper and Lower Great Lakes podcast Please click the link to hear my podcast about the Great Lakes in which I read some passages from The Dynamic Great Lakes.