1999 GREAT LAKES WATER QUALITY FORUM
SEPTEMBER 24-26, 1999
LIGHTLY EDITED, VERBATIM TRANSCRIPT
SUNDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 26
Patty O'Donnell, Environmentalist, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippawa Indians
We would also like to reiterate a letter sent a couple of years ago to the IJC not to open the Agreement and to follow through on implementation. I participate as an observer on the Binational Executive Committee meetings. At their last meeting, they listed all these revisions that they would like to do with the annexes, and another in Chapter 4. Yesterday, I asked the two governments to give a cost estimate of what those revisions would take because some of them have stated that it's going to take one to two years. We feel that takes away staff time from implementing the Agreement, and also it ties into the same people trying to assist in getting these LaMPs done. They stated yesterday that it's different resources, it's not the same staff. Also they keep saying that it needs updating because the wording was scientific, and we feel that they should just implement the Agreement.
Also, talking about the MOX. They have rerouted some for the U.S. side. They have decided to reroute the plutonium through Chicago, and all the way across Michigan, across the Mackinaw bridge, and across the bridge at Sault Ste. Marie. We feel that this is a very dangerous transport across two of the waterbodies of the Great Lakes. Thank you.
Thank you very much.