Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination

Working to Protect Our Environment Since 1978

Member of the Michigan Environmental Council, Michigan Network for Children's Environmental Health, and EarthShare of Michigan

Posted March 23, 2013

CACC is Co-sponsor of Tour by Devils Tango Author

NEW! Read the article here.

Posted March 23, 2013

Update on Fermi 3

NEW!  read the article here.

Posted September 1, 2010

Alberta Tar Sands

NEW! We have posted an article written by Sally Schemanski regarding Alberta Tar Sands. Find out more by reading the article.

Posted June 18, 2012

CACC gives a heartfelt thanks to the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center and Anjali Patel, GLELC Community Protection Director, for their critical assistance to CACC with preparing comments on the proposed deep underground radioactive waste dump beneath Lake Huron's shores in Kincardine, Ontario. This proposed dump would be 50 some miles across from Michigan and would be for 20 Ontario reactors.

CACC's comments, prepared with the assistance of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, can be viewed here.

All comments can be viewed that were submitted on 1) the DRAFT Agreement to Establish a Joint Review Panel for the Deep Geologic Repository Project by Ontario Power Generation Inc. Within the Municipality of Kincardine, Ontario between the Minister of the Environment and The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and 2) the DRAFT Guidelines for the Preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Deep Geologic Repository of Low- and Intermediate- Level Radioactive Wastes. Comments can be viewed on the site.

Towards the end of July, CACC will be posting a guide as to what happens next and what people can do regarding this issue, critical to Great Lakes waters and communities. Anyone wishing to find out more at this time can contact Kay Cumbow from the board page.

Thanks to everyone who submitted comments and contacted legislators, press, or otherwise spread the word about this important issue.

Environmental News and Notes

Posted July 13, 2012

CACC is a proud member of Michigan Network for Children's Environmental Health. Protecting the health of our children is a priority for CACC and we encourage our members, and visitors to our website to take time to read and act on alerts from the Michigan Network for Children's Environmental Health.

Alert from Michigan Network for Children's Environmental Health on the toxic pesticide Lindane.
Thanks to the support of people like you, we recently won a bi-partisan victory in our efforts to restrict the toxic pesticide Lindane when the Michigan House voted overwhelmingly (72-35) to pass HB 4569! Congratulations once again to each of you who helped!
But, our work is not done. HB 4569, which would allow Lindane to be used only under a doctor's direct supervision, is now sitting in the Senate Health Policy Committee, awaiting a hearing from Committee Chair Senator Tom George and the support of your Senator. We need your help now to pass this commonsense measure to protect Michigan's children and our Great Lakes.
To learn how you can help, view the Action Alert on the MNCEH website.

A chemical fact sheet is available at Beyond Pesticides.

Lindane Resources can be found at Pesticide Action Network North America.

Posted June 10, 2012

The comment period for the proposed Deep Geologic Repository for Low and Intermediate-Level Radioactive Wastes near Lake Huron is closing soon. You can find about more about this proposed Radioactive Waste Dump by reading information in the May 27 posting below, and on this site.

Comments are due by June 18th on the draft guidelines and draft panel review process for the proposed deep underground radioactive dump. Here are some key points to make when you comment:

  1. The impacted area of this unprecedented proposed deep geological repository should be expanded to include Michigan and all communities and fisheries in the Great Lakes Basin downwind and downstream, including Indigenous and First Nation communities and fisheries.

  2. The panel should be made up of members entirely independent of the nuclear establishment in Canada and should not include members of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

  3. The comment period should be extended by at least 90 days to properly inform communities downwind and downstream of this proposed repository, that could have grave implications for Great Lakes waters and our gene pool forever. Insist that the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency hold informational meetings in Michigan.

You may read about the comment process and find the e-mail and postal address for comments to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency on this page.

It is also critical to contact Governor Granholm, and your federal, state, and local elected representatives and request that they send official comments with these points as well.

Use this link to contact your US Senator, and then click the link "web form" after the person's address and phone number.

Use this link to contact your US Representative, and enter your state and zip code.

Use this link to contact your Michigan Senator, and then click the link "web form" after the person's address and phone number.

Use this link to find your Michigan representative, and then check for an e-mail address or link on your representative's page.

Residents of other states may find out how to contact their state government representatives by checking their state government's website. Most state domains load by simply typing the name or abbreviation followed by a ".gov" without quotes into your browser. Examples are mi.gov and ohio.gov . 

If you still can't find your state's website, you may conduct an internet search with the name of their state and the keyword government. As an example the search:

Michigan "state government" at Google

results in the standard state internet domain for Michigan: http://www.michigan.gov

Please remember to contact your county commissioners or city commission as appropriate.

Posted May 27, 2012

Upcoming Meetings on Draft Guidelines and Draft Joint Review Panel Documents for Proposed Reactors and Deep Geological Repository (Proposed for construction at Kincardine, Ontario)

Public Information Session by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2012 (tonight)
Where: Bruce Township Community Center, 1240 Concession 6, R.R. #3, Tiverton, ON
Time: 7 pm: Open house
7:30 pm: Presentation
8-10 pm: Q&A's and Information Kiosks
Information: 1-866-582-1884

The session is an opportunity to learn how the Joint Review Panel processes will operate, with a focus on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) guidelines and Joint Review Panel (JRP) agreement. The comment period on the projects' draft EIS guidelines and JRP agreements ends June 18, 2012 .

For more information about these draft documents and to learn how to provide your comments, please visit www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca, CNSC Web site's Bruce Power Project, DGR Project.

If you need more information, contact the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency by phone at 1-866-582-1884 or by email at Bruce.Review@ceaa-acee.gc.ca (Bruce Power Project) and DGR.Review@ceaa-acee.gc.ca (DGR Project).

Greenpeace Canada and Northwatch are inviting you to join us for an information sharing and strategy session about nuclear expansions (proposed reactors and deep underground dump at the Bruce Nuclear Complex.)
WHEN: Saturday, May 31, 9 am to noon
WHERE: Greenpeace Canada, 250 Dundas St. W, Suite 605, Toronto

Meetings hosted by Northwatch - (NGO) between June 9 and 12, 2012 :
Blind River: June 9, 7 pm Upper Hall, Marina Park, 1 Marina Road, Blind River, Ontario
Sault Ste. Marie: June 10, 7 pm Clean North office, 736 Queen St. East, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Mindemoya: June 11, 2 pm Mindemoya Community Centre, 6032 Highway 542, Mindemoya, Ontario
M'Chigeeng: June 11, 7 pm United Chiefs and Councils of Manitoulin
Port Elgin: June 12, 7 pm Colonial Motel, Highway 21 / 235 Goderich St., Port Elgin, Ontario

Northwatch
Box 282
North Bay, Ontario P1B 8H2
Telephone: 705 497 0373
Fax 476 7060
E-mail: northwatch@onlink.net
Web: www.northwatch.org.

There may also be a meeting in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on June 10th from 2-4. I will keep folks posted. -Kay

Posted April 11, 2012

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency issues Draft Guidelines for Public Comment on the Proposed Deep Underground Nuclear Waste Dump by Lake Huron and new reactors at the Bruce Complex.

Note: Both the eight current Bruce nuclear stations and the Western Waste Management Facility (site of the proposed deep underground dump for "low" and "intermediate" level radioactive wastes from 20 Ontario nuclear plants) sit on a piece of land that juts out into Lake Huron - and is roughly 50 miles or so across from Michigan, as the crow flies.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) issued draft guidelines for public comment on Friday, April 4th for both
The proposed deep underground dump at the Western Waste Management Facility, which is owned and operated by Ontario Power Generation, and is adjacent to the Bruce complex.

The Bruce New Build - the proposal to build new nuclear power plants at the Bruce nuclear complex, near Kincardine, Ontario. The Bruce nuclear stations are operated by a partnership that includes Cameco Corporation, TransCanada Corporation, BPC Generation Infrastructure Trust, a trust established by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, the Power Workers’ Union and The Society of Energy Professionals. 

These guidelines in preparation for environmental panel reviews of both of these proposals by the Ministry of Environment. The CEAA's website with the draft guideline postings is here.

April 4, 2012 - Public Participation Notice - Bruce Power New Nuclear Power Plant Project: Comments are invited on Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines and Joint Panel Agreement.

April 4, 2012 - Public Participation Notice - Deep Geologic Repository for Low and Intermediate-Level Radioactive Wastes: Comments are invited on Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines and Joint Panel Agreement.

Posted April 15, 2007

Quoting the e-notes from the weekly updates sent out from the National Association of Conservation Districts April 3, 2007:

"Supreme Court Rules on Greenhouse Gas Regulation The Supreme Court ruled this week that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has the power to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles. The 5-4 vote forces the Administration to reconsider its refusal to regulate carbon dioxide and other emissions from new vehicles, stating that greenhouse gasses from motor vehicles fall within the law’s definition of an air pollutant. The court’s decision was the first ruling addressing legal issues surrounding global warming and will likely affect a number of cases in lower courts that have been delayed pending the court’s verdict."