No Nukes News

Dec. 13, 2016

 

Ontario is backtracking on clean, safe renewable energy and doubling down on nuclear energy It is a dangerous direction, and one we need to change quickly. Please consider making a financial tax-deductible contribution to the Ontario Clean Air Alliance. With your help we can move Ontario onto a 100% renewable future.



The World

Exiled scientist: 'Chernobyl is not finished, it has only just begun'  Yury Bandazhevsky detailed Chernobyl’s devastating impact on people's health, particularly that of children, in Belarus. Now he lives in exile while the government insists "Everything's OK."

Trump’s Transition Team pumps nuclear The questionnaire also suggests a new emphasis on nuclear power, including queries about supporting the operation of existing nuclear reactors; preventing the premature closing of nuclear plants; increasing research and development of advanced nuclear reactors; and moving forward with plans to license nuclear waste disposal at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain, which was shut down by the Obama administration.

Palisades Nuclear Station on Lake Michigan to close in 2018
Another one down.

OPG's Nuclear waste storage decision delayed, again The federal government delayed the decision on whether to allow a proposed underground storage bunker for nuclear waste near Lake Huron until next summer.

Into Eternity Stunning feature length film (80 min.) addressing nuclear waste in Finland needing to be isolated from the environment for 100,000 years.

 

Ontario

Dr. Ian Fairlie on Pickering's Tritium Problem In this 4 minute video Dr. Ian Fairlie addresses the high tritium releases at Ontario's nuclear stations. Tritium is a carcinogen (causes cancer), a mutagen (causes mutations to DNA), and a teratogen (causes deformations of the embryo during pregancy). Even low rates of tritium exposure can lead to cancer, leukemia and birth defects. Dr. Fairlie recommends that Pickering be shuttered in 2018 when its current licence expires rather than be extended another decade at OPG's request. You can also read our Tritium factsheet here.

Electricity Costs in Ontario Proposed rebuilds of the Bruce and Darlington nuclear power stations are by far the largest areas of risk for further cost increases, given the well-established history of delays and massive cost overruns on previous nuclear projects in Ontario. 

3 Reasons to Shut Down Pickering By Greenpeace Canada.1. Pickering is driving up your electricity bill. 2. Public safety at risk. 3.  Blocking the shift to 100% renewable energy

Quebec electricity utility eyes power deal with U.S. Hydro-Québec, Canada’s biggest electricity utility, wants to expand power sales to U.S. Northeast states hungry for green energy to meet climate change goals. They have more than 3000 MW of power for export. Ontario should buy it rather than extend and rebuild aging and high cost nuclear reactors! 

Arnie Gundersen Compares Fukushima & Pickering Nuclear Flaws This video shows Arnie Gunderson's testimony on Pickering’s nuclear licence extension in 2013. As Arnie explains, it’s not a matter of whether the people operating nuclear stations are good or bad. It’s about how forty good years can end with one bad day.

 

Renewables and Conservation

Energy Democracy: a history of Germany's Energiewende 42 minute video presentation by Craig Morris about Germany’s grassroots movement that became national energy and climate policy. From nuclear to renewables.

 

Take Action!

Tell Premier Wynne you want a 100% renewable Ontario Sign the petition and/or submit your comments online on the province's Long-Term Energy Plan. Will it be nuclear or renewables? They need to hear from you by Dec. 16, 2016.

Sign our petition to close the old and dangerous Pickering Nuclear Station when its license expires in 2018 rather than extend its life 'till 2028 which is OPG's hope.

Can you spare a few hours to leaflet blitz your neighbourhood mailboxes? Help us make the closure of the Pickering nuclear station a public issue. Contact: angela@cleanairalliance.org

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. Background here.

Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Sign the petition calling on Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to reject OPG's nuclear waste dump on the shore of Lake Huron.

Order your free KI (anti-thyroid-cancer) pills here if you live within 50 km of an ON nuclear facility that includes all of Toronto and beyond. Download your anti-thyroid cancer posters here to post in your office, school, or local cafe

 

Events

Radioactive Waste in Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan Webinar Wed. Dec. 14, noon. Ontario is seeking input on its Long Term Energy Plan but it ignores the long-term impact of radioactive waste and the significant opposition to its proposed waste dumps. Greenpeace’s Shawn-Patrick Stensil will discuss how you can tell the Wynne gov’t how to take responsibility for its radioactive waste. 



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