D. Gordon E. Robertsonby Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press

The rising concerns and complaints expressed on both sides of the Detroit River about a proposed underground nuclear waste repository in Ontario — less than a mile from the shores of Lake Huron — appear to be falling on deaf ears.

The public’s perceptions of risk from nuclear facilities can be discounted because they are “not in line with facts” and are fueled by “pop culture and myths,” according to the head of Canada’s nuclear safety regulatory agency.