No Nukes News

Jan. 5, 2017

Dr. Ian Fairlie on Pickering's Tritium Problem In this 4 minute video, Dr. Ian Fairlie, radiation biologist, 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 pregnancy). Even low rates of tritium exposure can lead to cancer, leukemia and birth defects. Dr. Fairlie recommends that the Pickering nuclear station 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.



The World

We need a nuclear review in wake of Trump tweets In this article and 25 min. CBC radio interview, Dr. Gordon Edwards, head of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, describes the potential of a renewed nuclear arms race. He also addresses the legacy of nuclear power – waste and weapons.

Trump Calls for a New Nuclear Arms Race
President-elect Donald Trump raised the prospect of a new global arms race: "The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes." Trump’s tweet came on the same day Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country needed to "strengthen the military potential of strategic nuclear forces." Trump responded "Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all."

UN General Assembly approves historic resolution to launch negotiations in 2017 on a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons “Every nation has an interest in ensuring that nuclear weapons are never used again, which can only be guaranteed through their complete elimination… As a matter of principle, weapons that are indiscriminate in nature and are intended to cause catastrophic humanitarian harm should be prohibited under international law. This new treaty will place nuclear weapons on the same legal footing as other weapons of mass destruction.”

Cheap nuclear 'cleanup' dangerous Just as Manitobans were beginning to think the toxic mess at Whiteshell Laboratories in Pinawa would soon be moved off-site and the lands returned to their natural state, we now learn the federal government has given the Canadian Nuclear Labs (CNL) free rein to cheap out on the cleanup.

Nuclear Power Makes Global Warming Worse Whistleblower Arnie Gundersen debunks the atomic power industry’s false narrative that it helps reduce global CO2

Fukushima: Crisis Without End
89,000 Fukushima evacuees still live away from their homes, 5 years after the triple melt-down. This piece also gives a good overview of the radioactive cesium and other dangerous elements pouring from Fukushima which have spread throughout the Pacific Ocean to NA's west coast, and have accumulated in Canadian salmon, California kelp, tuna and bottom fish.

Attack of the (Radioactive) Wild Boars Animals near Fukushima are now radioactive – and journeying into nearby prefectures. Eradication is at red-alert levels.

 

Ontario

Ontario Clean Air Alliance and residents ask Pickering council to support immediate decomissioning of Pickering nuclear station “We believe that immediate decommissioning is in the public interest for four reasons,” OCAA chair Jack Gibbons told council on Dec. 12. It’s the international best practice, and doing so will create jobs, improve Pickering’s waterfront and raise residential property values in the municipality. Read our submission here.

Company stands by plan to bury waste from nuclear plant near Lake Huron "Water is Life. No matter what process is followed, burying radioactive waste beside the Great Lakes, the irreplaceable drinking water for 40 million people, will always be a bad idea."  

OPG says we don't care about nuclear waste dump site — Wrong!

 

Renewables and Conservation

World Energy Hits a Turning Point: Solar That's Cheaper Than Wind Emerging markets are leapfrogging the developed world thanks to cheap solar panels.

Solar capacity has increased 99% since last quarter The industry is booming, and President Trump will be hard-pressed to stop it.

Top seven reasons why Trump can't stop the clean energy revolution

As fossil fuel diehards take over The White House, the evidence of a fast-moving global energy transition has never been clearer
Jeremy Leggett’s conclusion, as the new year begins, is that the global energy transition is progressing faster than many people think, and is probably irreversible. Trump’s prospects of resurrecting coal, and giving the oil and gas industry the expansionist dream ticket most of it wants, are very low. There is a caveat, of course: that he doesn’t manage to blunder into a world war. All bets would be off then.

India plans nearly 60% of electricity capacity from non-fossil fuels by 2027 Expansion of solar and wind power will help exceed Paris targets by almost half and negate need for new coal-fired power stations

 

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

Green Economy Perspectives: A Forum with Chris Ragan, Chair, Canada's Ecofiscal Commission Wed. Jan. 11, 5 - 6 p.m. at CSI-Spadina, Toronto.

The Power of Cities to Tackle Climate Change with David Miller. Wed. Jan. 11, 7 pm Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave, Toronto

OSEA's 7th annual Powering Prosperity Awards Evening Thur. Feb. 2. Celebrate and network with the leaders and innovators in Ontario' sustainable energy sector.  



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