No Nukes News

February 11, 2016


"Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind" - Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president in Radioactive Water From Fukushima Is Leaking Into the Pacific


The World

Nuclear power plants in 20 countries 'do not have any protection' against cyberattacks according to the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI).

Great Lakes Nuclear Facilities MapAn online map of the various nuclear facilities surrounding the Great Lakes. You’ll be surprised how many there are!

Indian Point reactors contaminate New York groundwaterHighly radioactive tritium has leaked into groundwater at the Indian Point nuclear site 40 miles north of Manhattan, New York

Fukushima Daiichi NPS today- 5 years since the disaster began

Fukushima: What Really Happened?
A detailed overview of the book Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster

 

Ontario

Scientist calls $12.8B rebuild of Ontario Darlington nuclear plant ill-advised Greening argues the project is an attempt to put a "dying industry on life support" at the taxpayer's expense.

A precautionary tale The newly minted federal environment minister, Catherine McKenna, has a March 1 deadline to decide on a proposal to construct a permanent repository for nuclear waste beneath the Bruce Nuclear site, little more than a kilometre from Lake Huron.

80 Public Interest Groups Urge Canadian Federal Environment Minister: Reject Great Lakes Nuclear Waste Dump

Walking the site of the proposed nuclear dump on Lake Huron Critics of OPG's plan to bury and abandon ON's nuke waste on the shore of Lake Huron believe that the plan is much bigger - that it's really about dumping ALL of Canada's nuke waste AND the US's as well. "I suspect that under NAFTA, the U.S. will be able to send its nuclear wastes to this facility. In 2008, for no reason, the deep water port at the Bruce site was rebuilt. We have no new construction. Why do we need a deep water port except to take nuclear wastes over the Great Lakes to this site?"

The Bruce Nuclear Generating Station: Unanswered Concerns
Friends of Bruce has recently posted documents detailing their ongoing struggles. 1. Calling for a baseline health assessment of residents and workers, 2. Questioning the relicensing of the station, and 3. Reviewing OPGs proposed nuke waste dump.

Arbitrary boundaries put Whitby-Oshawa residents at higher risk from nuclear accident The GPO is calling on the government to extend the pre-distribution zone to residents living within 30-50 km of the Pickering, Darlington and Bruce nuclear generating stations. Switzerland pre-distributes KI pills to residents living within a 50 km radius of a nuclear facility. New Brunswick pre-distributes KI pills in a 20 km radius. In Ontario, only those residents living within a 10 km radius of nuclear stations receive them. 

 

Renewables and Conservation

Keeping Toronto's Lights On This is our chance to move Toronto toward a high-efficiency, low-carbon, and truly sustainable electricity system by combining cutting-edge conservation approaches with renewable and locally generated power. Here's a description how the first meeting went.

 

Take Action!

Please send the Premier a message telling her that Pickering must be shut down by 2018 (when its current licence expires) at the latest.
 
Please email Premier Wynne and ask her to direct the IESO to establish a broad and open process to procure all of our cost-effective energy savings from municipalities, community associations and the private sector.
 
Tell Premier Wynne to protect all Ontarians The Ontario government is giving iodine pills to anyone living within 10km of a nuclear power plant -- but studies show that anyone living within 50km is at risk in a nuclear emergency.
 
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Vote in our online poll
10 nuclear rebuilds for Ontario, or water power from Quebec? Don’t let the nuclear elephant crush renewable power in Ontario! You can win an energy kit. Vote now.
 
Tell Premier Wynne here that the Bruce rebuild deal needs a full public review to determine if we should remain dependent on high-cost nuclear power for another generation.

Please “Like” my new facebook “page” We’ll be shutting down OCAA’s (Ontario Clean Air Alliance’s) facebook group, in favour of this new page. Join us!

 

Events

Radiation 101: What do those nuclear numbers mean? Fri. Feb. 12, noon – 1 p.m. EST. Webinar. Shawn-Patrick Stensil, a nuclear analyst with Greenpeace Canada, will cover the basics in radiation exposure and dose and what all those numbers and estimates actually mean, using Fukushima and Chernobyl as case studies. Free.

Radioactive Roads: Transportation of High Level Nuclear Waste Thur. Feb. 18, noon – 1 p.m. EST. Webinar. Brennain Lloyd, Project Coordinator at Northwatch, will provide an introduction to the transportation of nuclear waste, sharing international analysis and outlining possible routes and potential hazards for the shipment of high level radioactive waste in Canada. Free.
 
Loss of Innocence? Physicists and the Atom Bomb Wed. Feb. 24, 7 - 9 pm, UC 144, University of Toronto.Free.

Emergency Planning in the Nuclear Age: Taking it on the Road Fri. Feb. 26, noon – 1 p.m. EST. Webinar. Presenter Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director and Senior Counsel with the Canadian Environmental Law Association, will discuss emergency planning, preparedness and response in the context of nuclear waste transportation, and update on Ontario current review of their emergency planning system. Free.



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