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St. Regis Mohawk Tribe against shipment of nuclear equipment





The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York is opposing the shipment of nuclear equipment through a waterway on the reservation.

The owner of a nuclear power plant in Canada wants to ship 16 large steam generators through the St. Lawrence Seaway. The generators are radioactive but the operator says they don't pose a threat to the public.

"As a practical matter, and to my knowledge, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe was never consulted or notified of any aspect of this planned shipment," Chief Mark H. Garrow said in a statement, The Watertown Daily Times. "This is a matter of protocol and policy. The tribe became aware of this scheme only after the media picked up the story and other native governments objected."

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission approved the shipment but the U.S. government hasn't approved it.

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Mohawks object to nuclear shipments (The Watertown Daily Times 2/21)