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April 15, 2013 – Please pass this onto a friend!

 

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Mishaps Underscore Weaknesses of Japanese Nuclear Plant NY Times. More than two years after multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, a series of recent mishaps — including a blackout set off by a dead rat and the discovery of leaks of thousands of gallons of radioactive water — have underscored just how vulnerable the plant remains.

Three of seven Fukushima tanks leaking radioactive water On Saturday, as much as 120 tons of contaminated water seeped from an underground tank; a new leak was spotted on Sunday. The cooling system for the plant has also failed twice over the past three weeks.

Ex-Regulator Says Reactors Are Flawed All 104 nuclear power reactors now in operation in the United States have a safety problem that cannot be fixed and they should be replaced with newer technology, the former chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on Monday.

Nuclear Safety? Depends on Who You Ask Like Japan, Canada’s nuclear industry has been allowed to pull the strings of its own regulator. Greenpeace Canada blog by Shawn-Patrick Stensil

Nuclear Retirement Anxiety As nuclear power plants age, concerns grow over the financing, complexity, and safety of decommissioning.

Point Lepreau operating at less than 1% capacity  NB Power says it continues to have problems with the chemistry of the water in Lepreau's non-nuclear boilers. The refurbishment cost $2.4 billion, more than $1 billion more than the original estimates.

Inuit Organization documents unbalanced and secretive decision-making on uranium and other mineral extraction in Nunavut

Radiating Remnants: Nuclear Waste Barrels Litter English Channel What’s the difference between dumping them at sea, or dumping them underground? Either way you’re leaving them for future generations to deal with.

Ontario

Environmental groups launch Federal Court challenge to Darlington refurbishment Ontario

MPPs: We support renewable energy in Ontario!
On Thursday April 18th, Bill 39 will be voted on to go to the second reading. Private Member's Bill 39: An Act to provide for control by local municipalities over renewable and affordable energy undertakings. This proposed Bill, if enacted, would turn back the clock on the progress that Ontario has made on Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation. Sign the petition against the bill. Send a letter. And here’s another letter to send.
 

Renewables and Conservation

Americans Want More Emphasis on Solar, Wind, Natural Gas Oil, nuclear, and coal are more popular with Republicans and in the South Most energy-efficient' LED light revealed by Philips It said the prototype tube lighting LED is twice as efficient as those currently used in offices and industry around the world but offers the same amount of light. Being able to halve the amount of energy used could bring huge cost and energy savings. Lighting accounts for more than 19% of global electricity consumption.

There's Only One Real Option for Averting Economic and Ecological Ruin -- So Why Aren't We Talking About It? Energy conservation is our best strategy for pre-adapting to an inevitably energy-constrained future.

Colbert Report on Wind and Solar Power 4 min. video - A good laugh.

California City to Require Solar Energy Systems on all New Homes

Take Action!

Tell U.S. & S. African governments: end radioactive "recycling" U.S. nuclear weapons waste could end up in your zipper, belt buckle or frying pan if the Department of Energy lifts its bans on release of metal from radioactive areas. South African nuclear weapons waste could end up in your earrings, forks or baby toys if three radioactive metal smelters are given licenses by the South African government.

Demand lower human-made radiation in food The US limit for carcinogenic radioactive cesium is 1200 Bq/kg in food. Japan, which is still suffering a triple meltdown, has a limit of 100 Bq/kg. Both of these limits are way too high to protect our children. We are asking that the limit be reduced to 5 Bq/kg for all food, nutritional supplements and pharmaceuticals. Sign the petition.

Tell Premier Wynne that Ontario's energy plans need a rapid rethink! You can send a letter here.
 
The NDP are asking voters for their input. Please send them a message here encouraging them to take leadership in opposition to new nuclear spending. There are many cheaper, cleaner and greener options to meeting all our electricity needs, yet Andrea remains silent on the Darlington rebuild. Ask her to speak up.
 
Click here to sign the petition demanding the federal government eliminate the Nuclear Liability Act and hold the nuclear industry accountable by removing the cap on liability for both operators and suppliers.
 
Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Please add your voice to the growing list of people opposing OPG’s plan to bury nuclear waste on the shores of Lake Huron.

Events

Revolution Opens at Cineplexes and at Empire theatres in major cities across Canada on Friday, April 12 - It's a fantastic film about our changing climate - go see it!
 
A Threat to Toronto: The Ontario Gov't's Plan for the Pickering Nuclear Station Panel discussion with OCAA, Greenpeace and CELA. Tues. April 16, 7 p.m. Room #314, Metro Hall, Toronto. The ON gov’t wants to run the aging Pickering reactors well beyond their design life. The Pickering reactors are just 30 km from downtown Toronto. Learn why this extension is a bad idea, what the alternatives are, and what you can do about it.

Nuclear Emergency Planning – Are We Protected? Panel Discussion re: upcoming Pickering re-licensing hearing, Thur. April 18, 7 p.m. Meeting Room 1, Pickering Recreation Complex

Energy Efficiency in Ontario's Energy Tool Kit: Finding the Hidden Opportunities to Increase Your Bottom Line Webinar Thur. April 18, 10 a.m. EST

Ontario Energy Drinks Tuesday April 23, 6 p.m. onward, Brazen Head Irish Pub, 165 East Liberty Street, Toronto 

CREW Movie Night: Promised Land Tues. April 30, 7 p.m. Princess Theatre, Waterloo, Ontario

Ride for Renewables Sun. May 26, 45km group bicycle ride from Pickering nuclear station to Darlington nuclear station. Sign up now.


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