BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Plans to ship nuclear waste over the Peace Bridge have been put on hold.

After traveling over the international bridge, the waste would be shipped through Buffalo on its way to South Carolina.

However, an agreement has been made between the U.S. and Canada to delay the movement of the high-level liquid waste at least until February 17, 2017.

Congressman Brian Higgins said he believes the shipments could be a target for terrorists and he believes lawmakers and leaders should look at other ways to ship the waste.

"Fellow Great Lakes advocates share our concern about the never-before tested transport of liquid highly enriched uranium over the largest source of fresh water on the planet, across an international bridge, and through our community," Higgins said in a statement. "We hope the delay agreed to by the courts, following the objection of concerned citizens, provides time for the Department of Energy to rethink its strategy and follow-through on an adequate review toward the goal of better protecting the environment and the people living in it.”