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August 29, 2014 –   Please pass this onto a friend!

 

The World

Mount Polley, B.C. spill spurs CNSC order to check uranium ponds 7 companies must report back on radioactive waste in Saskatchewan, Ontario

On the Yellowcake Trail - Canada's uranium history. Elliot Lake, Ontario was once the "Uranium Capital" of the world. Within 20 years of operation, more than 30 dams built to contain uranium tailings failed, dump­ing nuclear waste and chemical toxins into the Serpent River watershed which flows into Lake Huron. By 1996 when the mine finally closed, over 170,000,000 tonnes of radioactive tailings were left behind.

Thyroid cancer diagnosed in 104 young people in Fukushima

Japan court orders TEPCO to pay damages for suicide
due to the Fukushima nuclear disaster

Ruling on US Nuclear Waste Storage Could Create a "Catastrophic Risk" Regulators may let companies store radioactive rods in on-site pools for up to 120 years, a proposition considered “laughable”  by enviros. Even at operable nuclear plants, about a dozen waste storage pools are known to be leaking. To minimize the risk of disaster, environmental groups want the industry to immediately move its waste into thick concrete-and-steel dry casks at a cost of roughly $7 billion. But in a 4-1 vote earlier this year, the NRC ruled that this wouldn't be cost-effective.

Childhood leukemias increased 37% near nuclear power facilities

 

Ontario

Energy sales to Ontario could be mutually profitable Premier Wynne expressed interest in buying Quebec hydro power if Ontario can get a “good deal.” Quebec happens to be generating a significant surplus. If the next-door neighbours can reach an agreement, it has the potential to be mutually advantageous politically, economically, environmentally and socially for both provinces, where energy is a hot-button issue.

Ontario may buy more electricity from Quebec: Wynne - a move environmentalists have been urging her government to pursue.

Ontario talks hydro trade with Quebec and Manitoba

Quebec-Ontario electricity trade is smart, but not simple

Ontario-Quebec dance could realign Canadian politics

The Ontario Government Needs a Lesson in How Energy Markets Work
ON Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner weighs in in support of water power from QC to replace ON nuclear.

Ontario fiddles while Quebec learns Ontario's auditor-general has already flagged the out-of-control compensation at Ontario Power Generation, the provincially owned utility. Almost two-thirds of OPG employees, about 8,000 people, earned more than $100,000 in 2012 plus an additional 24% to cover pensions.

OPG says Darlington risks are contained
Nuclear project costs in Ontario and elsewhere have been notorious for escalating. Since the turn of the century, the overhauls of both OPG’s Pickering A nuclear station and Bruce Power’s Bruce A nuclear station blew far past their original cost estimates.

The real question about nuclear disaster: Federal or provincial issue?  Ontario health bureaucrats question whether federal officials should meddle with distributing protective pills in a nuclear disaster

Ontario delaying federal push to get anti-radiation pills to those who live near nuclear plans Almost no one who lives near Ontario's nuclear plants has anti-radiation pills in case of a disaster because bureaucrats are bickering.

 

Renewables and Conservation

Wind Health Impacts Dismissed in Court Since 1998, in 49 separate cases around the world, opponents have used health arguments as the basis of legal appeals intended to stop or block wind farm developments. The good news: Judges have thrown out all but one of them.

A $1billion bet on clean energy
With its new “Green Bank”, New York aims to boost solar, wind, and smart-grid technology. This really raises the bar on what cities can do to green their electricity systems.

Wind Energy Beats Nuclear & Carbon Capture For Global Warming Mitigation The heavy lifting will be done by displacing fossil fuel generation with renewables, not trying to mitigate the extraordinary problems with burning fossil fuels or building nuclear generation. That’s what the empirical data tells us.

Time to join the solar, EV, storage revolution “Power will no longer be something that is consumed in a ‘dumb’ way. Homes and grids will be smart, aligning the demand profile with supply from (volatile) renewables.” This will put enormous pressure on utilities and centralised generators. “We think large-scale power plants are the structural losers from this trend, as they are too big and most of them are too inflexible.”

 

Take Action!

Send a letter to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission here The "Hypothetical Severe Nuclear Accident and Effectiveness of Mitigation Measures" report is inadequate as it fails to examine the implications of a Fukushima-scale accident at a Canadian nuclear generating station.

Let’s put ending electricity separatism at the top of the Premiers Meeting agenda Send a letter to Premier Wynne and Minister Chiarelli to strike an electricity trade deal with Quebec Premier that can have big benefits for both provinces.

Click here to send a message to Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli to let him know that you are opposed to higher fixed charges. Tell him you want to be rewarded, not penalized, for saving energy. Find out more 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.

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 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.

International appeal in solidarity with Russian anti-nuke group EcoDefense declared “foreign-agent” Please sign the petition

Tell EPA: Take nuclear support out of proposed carbon rule Send your letter here.

 

Events

Nuclear Power is NOT the answer to Climate Change Mon. Sept. 15, 10 a.m. – noon, New York City

People’s Climate March – Join the Nuclear Free, Carbon Free contingent Sept. 21, New York City



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