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April 24, 2015 –   Please pass this onto a friend!



With nuclear, “we capitalize the benefits and socialize the risks.” Arnie Gunderson

The World

Quebec Declaration on Uranium, Nuclear Power and Atomic Weapons Statement signed by more than 200 signatories at the World Uranium Symposium. You can sign too, as an individual or group.

Sale of Canadian Uranium to India Denounced by International Experts at the World Uranium Symposium By selling uranium to India, Canada is undermining and discrediting the key international treaty prohibiting the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Here’s a 14 min. radio interview on the issue (as well as the World Uranium Symposium) with Dr. Gordon Edwards. And here’s the Green Party of Canada statement.  

Could Iran be just the start? Great piece about many nuclear issues including the Iran nuclear deal, the World Uranium symposium, Canada's plan to send uranium to India despite the fact India hasn't signed the NPT (nuclear non-proliferation treaty), and ON's plan to rebuild 10 reactors despite the fact that there are much lower cost and lower risk options to meeting our electricity needs including water power from Quebec.

TEPCO may evaporate contaminated Fukushima water Tainted water from Fukushima nuclear plant storage may be evaporated or stored underground instead of following earlier plans to release it into the ocean. We're talking about 280,000 tonnes of highly contaminated water contained in over 1500 tanks with an average capacity of almost 200 tonnes each. Evaporation will not remove the tritium, which is chemically identical to hydrogen except that it is radioactive. Thus the water vapour (H2O) will itself be radioactive, carrying the tritium into the atmosphere as radioactive water molecules, and that tritium will come back down to earth as rain or condensation which will enter freely into the tissues of all living things.

Survey robot breaks down inside Fukushima No. 1 reactor in under three hours

Japan faces 200-year wait for Fukushima clean-up
The chief of the Fukushima nuclear power station has admitted that the technology needed to decommission three melted-down reactors does not exist, and he has no idea how it will be developed. 

Canada now dominates World Bank corruption list, thanks to SNC-Lavalin Out of the more than 250 companies year to date on the World Bank’s running list of firms blacklisted from bidding on its global projects under its fraud and corruption policy, 115 are with SNC-Lavalin and its affiliates. Ontario has hired SNC-Lavalin to rebuild our 4 aging Darlington nuclear reactors. Bad idea.

Convention on Supplementary Compensation on Nuclear Safety does not protect you Canada's new nuclear liability act came into effect Apr. 15. The new act was designed so Canada could join an international convention called the Convention on Supplementary Compensation, which was designed to shield international reactor suppliers from liability. This blog from Greenpeace India  discusses why civil society in India has opposed this convention, because it legalizes a nuclear Bhopal where foreign companies could just walk away in the event of an accident. The same is true for Canada. 

Join Us to Build a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just, and Sustainable World April 24-26, NYC, the day before the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review begins. Watch the civil society conference on livestream here

Hey, World! Let's create a nuclear-free future Great 2 min. video. 

 

Ontario

Exclusive French CBC story about ON negotiating a long term deal with QC to purchase up to 1000 MW of electricity to offset the closure of Pickering. It's a good start, but we want them to purchase enough to replace the Darlington rebuild.

Negotiations delay TransCanada’s Bruce Power nuclear reactor updates Bruce Power and the Ontario government are mired in negotiations for a $15-billion deal to refurbish six nuclear reactors. With electricity demand falling in the province and Quebec eager to supply power to its neighbour, critics argue Ontario has better options than to commit huge amounts of capital to a 25-year source of nuclear power, particularly given concerns around safety and radioactive waste.

Bruce Nuclear licensing hearing recap Blogs, videos, and articles about the recent CNSC hearings to grant a license to Bruce Power to rebuild 6 of their aging nuclear reactors on the shore of Lake Huron

What you need to know about the Bruce reactor (Q&A)

Darlington nuclear unit shut down after heavy water leak

 

Renewables and Conservation

Proponents of Renewable Energy Will Own the 21st Century Vancouver city council’s unanimous decision to commit to running on 100% renewable energy is the kind of political leadership the world desperately needs

Wind turbine noise linked to only 1 health issue – annoyance Council of Canadian Academies finds lack of evidence for other adverse health effects

 

Take Action!

Join our Mailbox Leaflet Blitzes Markham, April 25th and/or Toronto May 9th. Or can you spare a few hours to help leaflet blitz Premier Wynne's riding (Don Valley West, just north of downtown Toronto), or your own neighbourhood anywhere in ON? Email me and I’ll fill you in, or order leaflets here. Thanks. angela@cleanairalliance.org

Keep it in the ground Join The Guardian and 350.org and more than 87,000 others in urging the world's two biggest charitable funds to move their money out of fossil fuels

Time for Ontario to come clean on Bruce Nuclear costs This massive proposed deal would cost $60 - $111 billion, the largest private sector contract ever signed by the Gov’t of ON. We demand public oversight of this deal. Order free copies of our new leaflet today to distribute to your neighbours, family and friends.

Please send a letter to Premier Wynne here calling for a transparent review of any proposed Bruce deal, especially in light of a potential conflict of interest.

Ontario Energy Board Grinches out on energy conservation  Please contact Energy Minister Chiarelli here and ask him to direct the OEB to make conservation a real priority.

Please send a letter to the Premier right now urging her to strike a deal with Quebec. Water power imports from Quebec can replace the Darlington nuclear rebuild at a fraction of the cost.

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Please sign the petition to oppose OPG’s plans to bury their nuclear waste on the shore of Lake Huron. And urge your elected officials to pass a resolution to oppose the nuclear dump on the Great Lake Huron. There are already 150 jurisdictions representing over 18 million people that have done so.

Stop the Nuclear Restarts in Japan A Greenpeace petition

 

Events

Indian Point Hot Docs film, Toronto, April 26, 28 and May 2. Enter the reactor core of nuclear power plant Indian Point, NY, where a battleground of politicians, big business and activists has heated up.  

Ontario’s Future – Nuclear or Renewable? Thur. May 7, 7 – 9 p.m., Friends House, 60 Lowther, Toronto. With speakers Ian Fairlie, UK radiation specialist, and Jack Gibbons, Economist, Ontario Clean Air Alliance



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