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April 25, 2014 –  Please pass this onto a friend!

 

“It is not right to say that a catastrophic accident is impossible... The worst possible accident… could involve the spread of radioactive poisons over large areas…  possibly contaminating large land areas for future habitation or cultivation.” Select Committee on Ontario Hydro Affairs, 1980 Report entitled ‘The Safety of Ontario’s Nuclear Reactors’



The World

Chernobyl no "Eden" after 28 years April 26 marks the 28th year anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor explosion in the Ukraine, sending a radioactive plume across the world. This is an update on how the flora and fauna are faring.

Chernobyl Heart - 41 min. Academy-Award winning documentary. On April 26, 1986, the worst nuclear accident in history occurred when a reactor exploded at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, releasing 90 times the radioactivity of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 20 years later, Chernobyl Heart looks at the damage done to humans by the radiation, with a focus on children who were born with birth defects.

Nuclear Renaissance on Hold, Leaving the Nuclear Industry Stuck in the Dark Ages by Dr. Gordon Edwards. A great overview of the nuclear industry worldwide.

UN Panel: Renewables, not nukes, can solve climate crisis The authoritative Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has effectively said the problem of climate change can be solved, and that renewable energy is the way to do it while nuclear power is not.

Fukushima No. 1 boss admits water woes out of control The Manager of the Fukushima power plant has admitted to embarrassment that repeated efforts have failed to bring under control the problem of radioactive water, eight months after Prime Minister Abe told the world the matter had been resolved. Here is more background info on this from Dr. Gordon Edwards.

Stockpiling Plutonium in Japan 2 articles from the New York Times plus a backgrounder from Dr. Gordon Edwards on the dangers of reprocessing civilian nuclear fuel coming home to roost in Japan.

UK nuclear dump 'virtually certain' to be eroded by rising sea levels Britain's nuclear dump is virtually certain to be eroded by rising sea levels and to contaminate the Cumbrian coast with large amounts of radioactive waste, according to an internal document released by the Environment Agency.

Marshall Islands sues nine nuclear powers over their failure to disarm Pacific nation that was site of 67 nuclear tests between 1946 and 1958 accuses states of 'flagrant denial of human justice'. The Marshallese islanders say they have been suffering serious health and environmental effects ever since. The case draws attention to the fact that the weapons states are currently in the process of modernising their nuclear weapons, which is a clear violation of the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty). Please sign the petition here calling upon the nuclear weapon nations to urgently fulfill their moral duty and legal obligation to begin negotiations for complete nuclear disarmament.

Earthquake Risks Exceed Licensed Limits at U.S. Nuclear Plants The vulnerability of nuclear reactors to seismic activity was re-assessed in the wake of Fukushima, and some are riskier than previously thought.

 

Ontario

Please Do Not Gamble With Nuclear Safety Submission to the CNSC (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission) regarding the extension of the Pickering Nuclear Station 5 years beyond its design life. By Dr. Gordon Edwards and the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility

Ontario’s Electricity Is Officially Coal Free
Jack Gibbons (OCAA) believes by using a similar strategy that the Alliance used for its coal campaign they will succeed in phasing out nuclear.

Leak from nuclear waste site would be diluted Phew – nothing to worry about! Any radioactive leak from a nuclear storage site at the Bruce nuclear plant on Lake Huron would be subject to dilution, says an "expert" group.

Group airs concerns about extending life of Pickering nuclear reactors “Basically OPG is saying just trust us, but that’s not good enough when you’re pushing an aging nuclear plant beyond what it was designed for,” says Durham Nuclear Awareness.

 

Renewables and Conservation

Electrical Energy Efficiency Runs a Distant Second in Ontario Ontario needs negawatts, not nuclear megawatts, by Angela Bischoff.

Home Energy Loan Program The City of Toronto recently launched this program which offers low interest financing for your home energy improvements.

US to Canada wind storage transmission line plans submitted Minnesota Power has submitted plans to regulators to build a 750 MW transmission line that will facilitate the storage of energy from wind projects in the US in Canadian hydro projects.

Koch brothers, big utilities attack solar, green energy policies The Koch brothers and large utilities have allied to reverse US state policies that favor renewable energy. Environmentalists are pushing back, but the fight is spreading and intensifying.

WiRE (Women in Renewable Energy) invites you to sign up for their newsletter , and connect on Twitter and Facebook

 

Take Action!

Ontario sends conservation to the back of the bus – again Tell Premier Wynne it’s time to take the brakes off of conservation and start catching up with our competitors when it comes to using energy efficiently. Please click here to send a letter to the Premier.

Tell Stephen Harper: Nuclear Polluters Must Pay
A Greenpeace Canada petition to amend the Nuclear Liability Act. For more info on nuclear liability in Canada, click here. And read transcripts from Parliament here.
 
Stop OPG's 30% price increase With a few clicks you can let all the ON Party Leaders know that you oppose OPG’s 30% nuclear price increase and that you favour lower-cost and greener options to meeting our electricity needs. Learn more here, sign here, order free leaflets here.
 
Quebec imports can save us $1 billion per year As our new pamphlet explains, importing clean hydro power from Quebec is a much cheaper way to meet our electricity needs than re-building the Darlington Nuclear Plant. Order free copies today to distribute to your neighbours, family and friends.

Premier Kathleen Wynne : Close the Pickering Nuclear Station
Please sign the petition.

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

 

Events

From Chornobyl to Fukushima to Toronto Sat. April 26, 3 pm, 620 Spadina Ave.(at Harbord). Toronto Screening of "Chernobyl to Fukushima" with Shawn-Patrick Stensil of Greenpeace and Prof. Alex Belyakov from Ryerson University and Humber College.

Energy Efficiency Matters Forum Mon. May 5, Intercontinental Hotel, 225 Front St. W, Toronto

Clean Energy Quarterly Webinar Tues. May 6, 1 p.m. EST. A recap the latest trends, milestones, and breakthroughs that are shaping the global and domestic clean energy policy and technology landscape. From EVs, to smart grids, to Japan’s clean energy revolution.

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Hearing on the 5 year life extension of the Pickering Nuclear Station
Wed. May 7, Ottawa. Live webcast.  

Solar Ontario 2014 Conference and Trade Show May 7-8, Ottawa Convention Centre

Goodbye King Coal Party Ottawa, Thur. May 8, with Ecology Ottawa

Environment vs Economy: Resolving the Dichotomy May 8-9, Bracebridge, ON

 


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