No Nukes News

Feb. 6, 2017


Wind, solar and biogas are only responsible for a small share of ON's electricity bills. Nukes are double that – and the largest component of the Global Adjustment.



The World

It is two and a half minutes to midnight In the 2017 Doomsday Clock Statement, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists notes that world leaders have failed to come to grips with humanity’s most pressing existential threats: nuclear weapons and climate change. This is the 70th anniversary of the Doomsday Clock. Watch the announcement to see which events and trends influenced their decision, and read the Clock Statement here.

Toshiba to withdraw from nuclear plant construction because of massive cost overruns at its new-build projects. It will now focus on maintenance and decommissioning operations.

Possible Nuclear Fuel Find Raises Hopes of a Fukushima Breakthrough Operator says it has seen what may be fuel debris beneath badly damaged No 2 reactor, destroyed six years ago in triple meltdown. Meanwhile, costs for decommissioning and decontaminating the surrounding area have doubled to $200B

Fukushima nuclear reactor radiation at highest level since 2011 meltdown Extraordinary readings pile pressure on operator Tepco in its efforts to decommission nuclear power station

Cameco mulls legal action after Japanese utility abandons $1.3 billion uranium contract The Saskatoon-based company says it rejects TECPO's cancellation of uranium contracts due to shut down nuclear stations post-Fukushima.

Letter to CNSC by Saskatchewan trapper concerned about abandoned uranium mines "Never in a lifetime of trapping the area has such a die-off been witnessed. Imagine seeing the shores lined with dead fish, which then the eagles, bears, gulls and otter proceeded to eat."

Global Nuclear Power Database Produced by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, this online resource illustrates global nuclear power construction data

France’s Next President May Face $3 Billion Nuclear Hangover The government is as much as 3 billion euros ($3.2 billion) short of the 7.5 billion euros it needs this year to fix the financial problems of France’s nuclear companies Areva and Electricite de France

Opposition to Highly Radioactive Liquid Shipments Continues In spite of a disappointing ruling by a US Judge on Feb. 2, public opposition remains to an unprecedented plan to ship 23,000 litres (6000 gallons) of intensely radioactive liquid from Chalk River, Ontario, to the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. The liquid is an acidic solution of dozens of extremely radiotoxic materials such as cesium-137, strontium-90, and plutonium-239.

 

Ontario

Scarborough Ward 42 By-Election Candidates call for closing Pickering Nuclear Station in 2018, and a vast majority of Ontarians oppose OPG’s request for 180% rate increase

Great Lakes Threatened With Radioactive Waste - SOS Great Lakes
3 min. video about OPG’s insane plan to bury Ontario’s nuclear waste on the shore of Lake Huron, and hope it doesn't leak like every other DGR on the planet has.

Profits over people could spell nuclear disaster for Great Lakes A proposal by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) would store nuclear waste less than a mile from the Canadian shores of Lake Huron. There is a reason this storage site is getting preference over the others: money.

A Slap In The Face – Ontario Power Generation’s CEO Up For Massive Raise Publically owned Ontario Power Generation’s CEO might get a hefty pay raise, from $1.5M to $3.8M. Who pays? We do. Wynne responds saying they are "unreasonably high" and warns that some raises might be refused.

 

Renewables and Conservation

Solar and Wind Employs Twice as many People In U.S. Electricity Generation than Oil, Coal, Gas and Nukes Combined

10 energy predictions for 2017 Solar falls in China but rises worldwide. New nuclear stations will remain marginal. Demand will be suppressed by energy efficiency and self-generation, and augmented by electrified transport and heat.

Companies increasing energy storage as renewables growThe rise of renewable power has created a need for energy storage that companies are fulfilling with underwater balloons, multi−tonne flywheels and decades−old designs.

Former President Jimmy Carter Supports Solar In His Hometown Donating his farmland for a solar energy park, Jimmy Carter keeps leading the way in showing his country how to use renewable energy to limit climate change.

 

Take Action!

Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) Nuke Waste Burial Project — Public Comment Invited The federal Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) is again taking public comments till March 6. Please urge CEAA that the Great Lakes -- drinking water supply for 40 million people in eight U.S. states, two Canadian provinces, and a large number of Native American First Nations -- be protected, by stopping OPG's environmental injustice dead in its tracks. Water Is Life. Remind CEAA that 187 resolutions, representing 23.4 million Great Lakes residents in two countries, have passed resolutions opposing the DGR.

Solar Investment Opportunities at OREC Residents of Eastern Ontario have an opportunity to invest in solar projects within their community through the Ottawa Renewable Energy Cooperative. OREC has a new Offering Statement available for local residents who want to see more renewables in their community and earn a steady income.

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. And then send the petition to all your friends.

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

Nuclear Waste On-line is a series of on-line presentations about nuclear waste in Canada Webinars are held Tuesdays Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at noon, EST. Free. 

Solar Bond Info Night Wed. Feb 15, 6 – 8 p.m. SolarShare Office, 401 Richmond St W, #240, Toronto. Join us for pizza & beer and learn how you can earn 5% - 6% per year by investing in our large-scale solar systems. Free.



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