No Nukes News

April 18, 2016



Chernobyl "was perhaps the real cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union."  Gorbachev in his 2006 memoir

“To solve the climate problem, we are short of two things: time and money. Nuclear is really bad on both counts.” Arjun Makhijani 


 
The World

After the Paris-Agreement: Corporate Meltdown in the Nuclear Industry A must read. Decommissioning is the future for OPG. (Scroll down to the english text.)

Could there be a Terrorist Fukushima?
Terrorists have their eyes on nuclear plants.

Stop the Nuclearisaion of Africa
18 min. video documentary of a conference in South Africa, Nov. 2015

Hillary Clinton Wants 'Careful, Thoughtful' Review of Risky, Unsafe Indian Point Nuclear Plant
First Bernie. Now Hillary. How bout Andrea? Why don’t we have any courageous ON politicians speaking out against the Pickering extension and 10 nuclear rebuilds?

Radioactive Chernobyl forest fires: a ticking time bomb Peat in Bryansk marshes has collected enough radioactivity to be considered radioactive waste. During a fire, radionuclides like caesium-137, strontium-90 and plutonium rise into the air and travel with the wind. This is a health concern because when these unstable atoms are inhaled, people become internally exposed to radiation.

Gordon Edward’s response to the CNSC For those of you following the dialogue, here’s Dr. Edward’s latest salvo

 

Ontario

Nuclear Industry Donations to the Ontario Liberal Party There is a need for an examination of the links between donations from the nuclear industry and the Government’s decisions, especially when it comes to its decision to approve a $13 billion deal to rebuild six reactors at the Bruce Nuclear plant without looking at any alternatives.

Why Ontario Power Generation’s new $3-million TV spot is raising eyebrows Why is a crown corporation using public money to broadcast what a good job it’s doing? Surely ratepayers would prefer to have someone knock a few nickels off their hydro bills then spend $3 million on propaganda.

Ontario's power generation ads hide the real story in the dark

OPG Commits to Completing Further DGR Studies by Year-End
OPG requests more time to complete studies of alternatives to the DUD (deep underground dump) to bury and abandon ON's nuclear waste on the shore of Lake Huron.

Turns out that transport that crashed yesterday was carrying uranium The traffic accident en route from Blind River to Port Hope, ON contained uranium concentrate.

 

Renewables and Conservation

Energiewende in the Alps: Switzerland's transition away from nuclear Switzerland's goal is to phase out of nuclear power and into renewables by 2034, and to be largely independent of fossil fuels, primarily through efficiency and conservation.

Ontario soliciting more bids for renewable power projects The province plans to sign more contracts for up to 930 MW of renewable power – 600 MW of it from wind, 250 MW from solar, 50 MW from hydroelectric power and 30 MW of bioenergy.

Alberta budget ushers in $645M energy efficiency program The program is estimated to reap roughly $2 billion in energy savings and emissions reductions.

Nearly 200 clean-tech companies urge Ottawa to boost industry funding far beyond what was included in last month’s budget

Leap Manifesto Here's a good overview / Q&A of the Leap Manifesto

 

Take Action!

Close the old and dangerous Pickering Nuclear Station – Please Sign the Petition to Close Pickering when its license expires in 2018 rather than extend its life 'till 2024 which is the gov't's plan.

Tell the presidents of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia to protect Chernobyl survivors from radiation exposure and make sure another Chernobyl never happens again by investing in renewable energy

Please send Premier Wynne a message asking her to order OPG to develop an immediate decommissioning plan for Pickering and to close this dinosaur by 2018 (when its license expires) at the latest.

Let's build stronger ties between Ontario and Quebec Send your letter asking Federal Ministers Morneau and Sohi to support electricity transmission system upgrades that will permit increased electricity trade between Ontario and Quebec.

Stop the Next Chernobyl – in Belgium Please sign the petition to shut down 2 ancient nuclear plants.

Tell Premier Wynne to protect all Ontarians The Ontario government is giving iodine pills to anyone living within 10km of a nuclear power plant -- but studies show that anyone living within 50km is at risk in a nuclear emergency.

Download your anti-thyroid cancer posters here to post in your office, school, or local cafe

 

Events

Ontario’s Electricity Future – Nuclear or Renewable? Thur. April 21, 7 p.m. Big Carrot, 248 Danforth, Toronto. With Angela Bischoff (Ontario Clean Air Alliance). Ontario is at a crossroads - we phased out our dirty coal plants (thanks to citizen activism) and now our nuclear fleet is coming to the end of its life in the next decade. We can replace those old nukes with green energy and move ON to a 100% renewable grid, or as the gov't plans, we can rebuild 10 of the aging reactors and extend Pickering. We have a choice.
 
Echoes of Chornobyl: 30 years later Fri. April 22, 7:30 p.m. St. Vladimir Institute, 620 Spadina, Toronto. Live performances and guest speakers including Angela Bischoff (Ontario Clean Air Alliance) address the dangers of nuclear energy in our midst.
 
Off-grid house tour Sun. Apr. 24, 2 – 5 p.m., Hockley Valley/Toronto, ON. The 19 year old house is set into a hillside preventing it from freezing when unoccupied in winter. It generates its own power from photo-voltaic panels and a small wind turbine. It has a year-round indoor garden, a masonry wood-fired heater, two composting toilets and more. For more info, anthonyketchum37@gmail.com and 416 487 2795.

Chernobyl: Conversations and Children - 30 Years Later Mon. April 25, 7 – 9 p.m.  Rm 125, Trent University, 55 Thornton Road S, Oshawa. Film screening and speakers.

Chernobyl: Conversations and Children - 30 Years Later Wed. April 27, 7 – 9 p.m. Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham (at Bloor), Toronto. 30 years ago (April 26, 1986), the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded. Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus have been burdened with the continuing and substantial decontamination and health care costs. To honor the victims we are screening the 2014 Japanese documentary 'Children of Chernobyl 28 Years Later: A report on low-level, long-term radiation exposure.' Speakers to follow.
 
Half-Life in Fukushima Hot Docs film screening May 2, 4 and 8, Toronto



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