No Nukes News

Jan. 13, 2017

“Why you would allow Indian Point to continue to operate defies common sense, planning and basic sanity.” - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo



New York will replace its Indian Point nuclear station with water power from Quebec Ontario should too!New York State has reached a deal to shut down the 40-year-old Indian Point Nuclear Station, located less than 30 miles north of NYC, on the basis that it is too close to a large urban area. Contrast that to the reaction of the Wynne Government to Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG’s) plan to seek a 10-year license extension for the Pickering Nuclear Station. Pickering is older than Indian Point. And there are twice as many people living within 30 km of Pickering than live within the same distance from Indian Point (2.2 million versus 1.1 million). Bonus: water power from QC would save Ontarians $billions$ since Pickering is a money loser. Time to shut'er down.


The World

The End of Indian Point and the Myths of Nuclear Power in America “The bottom line is that radioactivity is the deadliest material which exists on the face of this planet—and we have no way of controlling it once it is out. With radioactivity, you can’t see it, smell it, touch it or hear it—and you can’t clean it up. There is nothing with which we can suck up radiation.”

Environmental non-profits sound alarm on transport of liquid nuclear wasteThis multi-group letter outlines concerns about the proposed unprecedented shipment of liquid nuclear waste from Chalk River, Ontario to Savannah River, Georgia. To date, similar liquid wastes have been processed, solidified and stored in Chalk River. The change in plans will mean that 150 shipments by truck will be carrying this waste through hundreds of communities.

Taiwan to end nuclear power generation by 2025 The revamped law also gives renewable energy priority to go on grid

Yablokov, grandfather of Russian anti-nuclear environmentalism, dies at 83 Alexei Yablokov, the towering grandfather of Russian ecology who unmasked Cold War nuclear dumping practices in the Arctic, has died in Moscow after a long illness. As a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, he was also the lead author of the seminal 2007 book, “Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment.” The book concluded that the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster was responsible for 985,000 premature deaths by analyzing 6,000 source materials on the accident.

Historic vote at the UN means nuclear weapons will be illegal in 2017 123 nations, all with equal standing at the UN General Assembly, voted to start a process in 2017 to negotiate a ban on nuclear weapons. 

 

Ontario

Epidemiology Evidence for Ill Health Near the Pickering Nuclear Power Plant By Dr Ian Fairlie. Also see Dr. Fairlie's 4 min. video, and our tritium factsheet.

Kathleen Wynne Calls Ontario Hydro Prices “Her Mistake” To prevent energy costs from spiralling out of control, Ontario should abandon its nuclear plans, invest in more energy conservation measures and look more seriously at imported hydroelectric power from Quebec as an essential part of the province’s energy mix.

OPG identifies most of Ontario as alternate 'location' to bury nuclear waste Ontario Power Generation was asked by the federal government to identify "actual locations" as alternates for its plan to bury nuclear waste. OPG provided something quite different. Will McKenna ultimately relieve OPG of the traditional requirement to identify, study, analyze and reject alternate options? And if so, on what basis, besides expediency?

OPG report on planned nuclear waste bunker blasted as 'inadequate' "This is the 5th time that OPG has side-stepped a specific government request to study alternative sites. At what point is the federal government going to stand up and do its job?"

 

Renewables and Conservation

China to plow $361 billion into renewable fuel (solar, wind, water and geothermal) by 2020 That's equivalent to about 1,000 major solar power plants.

Nuclear Revival Looks Bleak as Solar and Wind Costs Continue to Drop
Hopes of a nuclear renaissance now appear to be a pipe dream. Delays of years in construction times and the doubling of costs are the new normal, while the prices of wind and solar, which can be deployed in weeks rather than decades, have continued to fall producing cheaper power.

Solar power to rise from Chernobyl's nuclear ashes Chinese companies plan to spend $1bn building a giant solar farm on land contaminated by the nuclear disaster in Ukraine

 

Take Action!

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 it 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

OSEA's 7th annual Powering Prosperity Awards February 2, Toronto. An evening to celebrate and network with the leaders and innovators in Ontario' sustainable energy sector.



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