No Nukes News

December 11, 2009

 

If we made the commitment, all of our energy needs could be supplied by renewable sources within ten years.

David Suzuki, Al Gore, Toronto, November 2009


Nuclear Power: Too Expensive, Too Risky

Lofty claims about the benefits of nuclear power are coming from the Nuclear Energy Institute and others.

Meanwhile, news, financial and energy journals make clear that boiling water with uranium is the costliest and dirtiest energy choice.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/09-2


Tear down Hydro-Quebec nuclear reactor: PQ environment critic

The Parti Québécois, which once called for building a series of nuclear reactors on the St. Lawrence as an alternative to Hydro-Québec’s massive James Bay hydroelectrical development, now wants the province to turn its back on nuclear. PQ energy critic Sylvain Gaudreault called Friday on the Charest government to dismantle, rather than refurbish, Hydro-Québec’s only reactor, Gentilly 2, near Trois-Rivières.

And PQ environment critic Scott McKay said plans to mine uranium in the Sept Îles region, which led 24 Sept-Îles doctors to tender their resignations, “clearly does not meet the test of social acceptability.”

The government says refurbishing Gentilly 2 would cost $1.9 billion, but Gaudreault noted that New Brunswick has spent $20 billion – so far – to refurbish its Pointe Lepreau reactor, which is identical to Gentilly 2.

The PQ critics pointed out that Quebec already has a surplus of electricity and to meet future needs, Quebec should develop wind, solar and biomass energy sources. “Who ever asked Quebecers if they want nuclear energy?” McKay asked.

http://www.montrealgazette.com/technology/Tear+down+nuke+reactor+environment+critic/2330448/story.html


Nuclear industry thinking smaller

The planning process can be lengthy and expensive and doesn't guarantee a project will ever get to construction stage. Construction costs, meanwhile, have shot up substantially. Citigroup estimates the cost of constructing a 1,600-megawatt reactor today would be nearly $9 billion. That's excluding decommissioning and waste disposal, as well as expenses associated with improvements to surrounding infrastructure. The planning process can be lengthy and expensive and doesn't guarantee a project will ever get to construction stage. Construction costs, meanwhile, have shot up substantially. Citigroup estimates the cost of constructing a 1, 600-megawatt reactor today would be nearly $9 billion. That's excluding decommissioning and waste disposal, as well as expenses associated with improvements to surrounding infrastructure.

Citigroup goes on to warn against the financial risks of a nuclear plant being hit with an unplanned outage, and how a six-month breakdown can cost a utility hundreds of millions of dollars. Decommissioning and managing waste, it adds, brings its own challenges in terms of cost uncertainty. And this doesn't even consider the potential, however small, of a catastrophic nuclear accident.

http://www.thestar.com/business/article/735095--hamilton-nuclear-industry-thinking-smaller


North Shore doctors threaten to resign en masse over uranium exploration

Quebec’s Liberal government must stop uranium exploration near Sept Îles and declare a moratorium on uranium mining activities across the province to avoid the mass resignation of 20 doctors in the North Shore town, a Sept Îles doctor said Friday.

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/North+Shore+doctors+threaten+resign+over+uranium+mine/2306289/story.html


Drastic changes needed for Ontario to meet its greenhouse reduction targets

Ontario will not be anywhere near its greenhouse gas emissions targets unless drastic changes are made immediately to key industries, the province's environmental commissioner warned Tuesday. 

"Premier (Dalton) McGuinty needs to direct Ontario Power Generation to phase out coal plants now to send a message to Copenhagen," said Jack Gibbons, Ontario Clean Air Alliance. "(Targets) are useless if we can't achieve them but the good news is that we can achieve them with strong political leadership."

Ontario has the second largest greenhouse gas emissions in Canada, behind Alberta.

http://www.globaltoronto.com/Drastic+changes+needed+Ontario+meet+greenhouse+reduction+targets/2316616/story.html

After chiding Ottawa, Ontario's own emission deficiencies thrust into spotlight

Ontario Environment Commissioner Gord Miller said policies launched to date in Ontario would result in a 23-per-cent shortfall of the (GHG reduction) target by 2020, with emissions actually increasing between 2014 and 2020.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/after-chiding-ottawa-ontarios-own-emission-deficiencies-thrust-into-spotlight/article1393664/


Alberta to decide by January on allowing nuclear power

If go-ahead given, plant may be built north of Peace River

Albertans will finally find out next month whether their energy-rich province will kick-start Canada's so-called nuclear renaissance. Even without a decision, the topic has already prompted several anti-nuclear demonstrations around Alberta.

Saskatchewan is also expected to issue a policy statement on nuclear power generation within weeks, according to a government spokesman. In September, the province released a report that found most residents opposed it. Saskatchewan leads the world in uranium production, but doesn't currently refine it.

It's been 17 years since a new nuclear reactor went into service in this country, and the Alberta project, if built, would be the first in Western Canada. Nuclear power sites are currently operating in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/alberta-to-decide-by-january-on-allowing-nuclear-power/article1396594/


Nuke waste really does last forever... and so do the annual management costs. -a

Hanford pulls down big stimulus dollars

It was ground zero for nuclear bomb production, then it became the nation's biggest atomic waste headache. Now the old Hanford nuclear reservation boasts a new distinction: It is the single biggest recipient of federal stimulus contracts.

http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2009/12/hanford_pulls_down_big_stimulu.html


Uranium radiation threatens people of Niger

Greenpeace reports that high radiation levels have been found on the streets of Akokan in Niger due to its proximity to uranium mines owned by Areva.

1-minute video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn2JjavSuPc&feature=player_embedded


Q&A: ‘Nuclear Energy Is Not a Solution to Climate Change’

As the threat of nuclear weapons looms large over the very existence of life on earth, Dr Sue Wareham, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons’ (ICAN), is calling for a speedy abolition of these weapons and the rejection of nuclear power as a solution to climate change.

http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=49596


California's Nuclear Nexus

A faux disarmament plan has roots in the Golden State's pro-nuclear lobby

"Regardless of whether the individual motivations of the four horsemen are sincere, their institutional loyalties and larger political agendas reflect a political economy that is not only fundamentally at odds with nuclear abolition, but are anathema to peace and justice."

http://www.zmag.org/zmag/viewArticle/23269/


Wind Power Realities: Putting wind power myths into perspective

The Pembina Institute has released a fact sheet that outlines many of the benefits that wind power can deliver for Canada.

http://www.pembina.org/pub/1943


Weekend of Climate Action:  11-14 December

The World Wants a Real Deal – and needs YOUR help!

Pay your MP a visit to demand real action!
Friday December 11th and Monday December 14th

Visit your MP to demand that Canada support a fair, ambitious and binding global climate agreement in Copenhagen.
Find out what’s going on in your town or register an event here: http://www.climateactionnetwork.ca/e/action/events/real-deal.php

Tell your MP that you know that Canada has won more Fossil of the Day awards than any other country – shame! http://www.fossiloftheday.com/


Global Day of Action: Candlelight Vigils, Rallies, Marches, and Protests

Saturday December 12th

Toronto: "Sign The Real Deal" Wall and Vigil

 Location:  The University of Toronto, Earth Sciences Building, 33 Wilcocks Street, Toronto, Ontario

 Time: 3pm - 7:30pm, Saturday December 12, 2009

 Canadian Action Network is partnering with the Toronto Climate Campaign to host an indoor rally from 3pm to 5:30pm.  The indoor rally will include speakers, bands, face-painting, and live report-backs from representatives attending the Copenhagen treaty negotiations. People will also have the opportunity to write a personal message stating what they want the world's leaders to agree to in Copenhagen on a massive 8-foot-high 10-foot-long wall. 

 Following the event, from 6pm to 6:45pm we will march with candles to Queens Park, University and Wellesley Avenues, Toronto, Ontario M5H2N2.

At 7pm we will hold a candlelight vigil at Queens Park, Toronto.

For more information, contact:  Jess Bell, CAN
(416) 937- 0076  jbell@climateactionnetwork.ca   http://www.climateactionnetwork.ca/e/


To find out news and views in and around Copenhagen and Canada during the climate negotiations, check out:

http://www.climateactionnetwork.ca/e/

Live Copenhagen webcast

http://www3.cop15.meta-fusion.com/kongresse/cop15/templ/live.php?id_kongressmain=1&theme=unfccc&id_kongresssession=2