No Nukes News

Jan. 23, 2016



 "If the owners and operators of nuclear reactors had to face the full liability of a nuclear accident and meet the alternatives in competition that is unfettered by subsidies, no one would have built a nuclear reactor in the past, no one would build a reactor today, and anyone who owned one would exit the nuclear business as quickly as they could." Vermont Law School



The World

After 60 years of nuclear power, the industry survives only on stupendous subsidies

Fukushima Mon Amour
At Fukushima, unnoticed by the global press corps, the first blood cancers (Myelogenous leukemia) linked to radiation exposure are being detected in children and cleanup workers. And off the coast of Oregon and California every Bluefin tuna caught in the last year has tested positive for radioactive Cesium 137 from the Fukushima meltdown. The era of eco-radiation has arrived. 

US, New Mexico ink settlements over nuclear radiation leak
that forced the closure of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository. OPG’s proposed nuke dump on the shore of Lake Huron is modelled after the same technology.

Pipelines to power lines Electricity exports are projected to increase as U.S. leans on Canadian hydro for its green goals, replacing aging nuclear stations and coal. Ontario should do likewise, importing water power from Quebec rather than rebuilding our aging nuclear arsenal.

 

Ontario

OPG fined for safety violations at Pickering Nuclear Station Just one day after Premier Kathleen Wynne announced her government’s desire to keep the overdue-for-retirement Pickering Nuclear Station operating until 2024, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) slapped Ontario Power Generation with a $31,690 fine for failing to comply with the aging plant’s licensing conditions. This incident should be more than enough to curb our Premier’s enthusiasm for continuing to operate a nuclear station with a long history of accidents and safety problems well past its design life, which ended in 2015.

Decisions at nuclear plant could compromise national security

Ontario's Plan To Rebuild Nuclear Plants Is Reckless And Irresponsible
Ontario needs to hit the pause button on the Liberal's nuclear nightmare and conduct an independent public review of nuclear costs and alternatives. The risks are too high to move forward blindly. A Green Party of ON blog.

PC and Green Party candidates oppose raising GM’s electricity rates to subsidize the re-building of the Darlington Nuclear Station OCAA queried the Whitby-Oshawa provincial By-Election candidates, asking if candidates oppose raising GM’s electricity rates to subsidize the re-building of the Darlington Nuclear Station.

Great Lakes Nuclear Waste Dump: The Battle Continues Opposition to the proposed nuclear waste facility by Lake Huron continues to grow. By the end of 2015, at least 182 communities (representing more than 22 million people) on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border have adopted resolutions opposing the plan by Ontario Power Generation to build a deep geological repository (DGR) for storage of low- and intermediate-level radioactive nuclear waste.

Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump: Stellar 3 min. video about OPG's plans to abandon radioactive nuclear waste on the shore of Lake Huron from where 40 million people draw their drinking water.

Petition opposing Ontario nuclear waste plan garners 92,000 signatures Great Lakes Nuclear Dump says the petition – which would have required 6,754 pages to print – had 92,251 signatures and more than 31,000 comments when it was emailed to McKenna earlier this week. Ontario Power Generation wants to bury hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of waste from nuclear plants about 680 metres underground at the Bruce Power generating station near Kincardine, Ont., about 1.2 kilometres from Lake Huron.

Ontario should move on from nuclear energy

 

Renewables and Conservation

Ontario Wind Production 2015 The contribution of renewable energy is consistently understated in IESO reports on Ontario's electricity supply. Wind power has made significant contributions in 2015 and will continue to grow in 2016. Meanwhile, demand has decreased 13% in the last decade.

Clean energy defies fossil fuel price crash to attract record $329bn global investment in 2015 2015 was also the highest ever for installation of renewable power capacity, with 64GW of wind and 57GW of solar PV commissioned during the year, an increase of nearly 30% over 2014.

Doubling Renewable Energy Output Worldwide Could Add $1.3 Trillion to Global GDP by 2030

Vermont approves cross-border hydroelectric power link
Fortunately Quebec has enough power for both Ontario and Vermont.

 

Take Action!

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!
 
The ON Liberals are doing a consultation online Here's one worthy of the thumbs up. Here’s another. Please sign in and vote. Or submit your own idea for an Ontario powered by 100% renewable power.
 
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. Send a message to Premier Wynne here.
 
Download your anti-thyroid cancer posters here to post in your office, school, or local cafe

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.

 

Events

Radionuclides as a Chemical of Mutual Concern in the Great Lakes Basin Webinar Mon. Jan. 25, 10 a.m. EST
 
Science for Peace Free Weekly Public Lectures Weds. 7 - 9 pm, University of Toronto

Keeping the Lights on in Toronto with New Energy Approaches
Local Advisory Council Meeting - Open to the Public. Thur. Jan. 28, 5:30 p.m., Holiday Inn, Wellesley Room, 30 Carlton St. Toronto.  The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) along with Toronto Hydro is developing a new plan for how to meet Toronto’s electricity needs. This is a good opportunity to ensure we put Conservation First and increase our climate resilience by increasing local distributed power production using clean renewable energy. And “like” our Toronto FB page.
 
Paris and Onward: the Path Forward to a Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free energy future Tues. Feb. 2, 8 p.m. EST. A conference call with Mark Jacobson and Arjun Makhijani on the implications of the COP climate negotiations in Paris, Dec. 2015 relative to nuclear power.

Ontario Geothermal Association 2016 Conference February 4 – 5, Kitchener, Ontario



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