No Nukes News

July 21, 2016



Close Pickering Nuclear Station: Public Meeting featuring former ON Energy Minister George Smitherman and OCAA Chair Jack Gibbons. Mon. July 25, 7 p.m. Scarborough Civic Centre, Committee Room 1




The World

New Wind & Solar Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions & Cost Less Than Keeping Aging Nuclear Power Plants Running It's better to recognize the high operating costs of aging reactors and plan closures in a smooth way than wait for costly unplanned failures and the attendant sudden emergency increases in greenhouse gases.

Indigenous Fight Against Nuclear Colonialism 2 hour video recording of a workshop

The Atom: A Love Affair Feature doc in-the-making to reveal our 7-decade relationship with history's most controversial power source. A crowd-funding campaign.

Uranium Mining: Interview with Dr. Gordon Edwards. Part 1 and Part 2. Canada is and always has been one of the biggest producers and exporters of uranium in the world. Nevertheless, 3 of Canada’s 10 provinces have outlawed uranium mining, and health professionals have played an important role in each case.

Reuse of radioactive soil from Fukushima feared to trigger illegal dumping

Introducing the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and the University of Chicago have created an online tool that estimates the full cost of electricity produced by three configurations of the nuclear fuel cycle.

Call to Action by Five Former Canadian Disarmament Ambassadors Here's how Canada could play a role in eliminating nuclear weapons.

Photo series of Fukushima's 'no man's land' from explorer who snuck in

Fukushima Daiichi Decommissioning Takes a Horrible Turn
The decommissioning authority in charge of dealing with the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster is now considering a sarcophagus to entomb the failed reactors rather than attempting to remove the melted fuel, debris and buildings.

New York regulators outline subsidy plan to save upstate nuclear plants More nuclear bailouts. Apparently New York's Governor would rather prop up the nuclear industry than invest in renewable energy.

 

Ontario

Letter claims info on nuclear risks withheld from safety commissioners Serious allegations from a nuclear insider who claims that hazards have been underestimated, plant operators have been permitted to skip requirements of the licensing regime, and assessments outlining what could happen in the event of a major-scale nuclear disaster – such as the one that occurred in Fukushima, Japan, in 2011 – have been withheld from the commissioners and the public. Here’s the National Observer’s take.

NDP's Mulcair Calls for Independent Nuclear Review Federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair is demanding an independent investigation into allegations of safety problems at nuclear power generating stations in Ontario. Mulcair criticized the government’s decision to allow the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to investigate itself in the wake of a scathing anonymous letter citing serious safety failures.

Province Should Shutter Nuclear Plant Well Past Its Prime Mike Schreiner, leader of the ON Green Party, explains why Pickering should be shuttered when its licence expires in 2018.

Ontario Power Generation's study of nuclear-waste vault near Lake Huron not specific enough Opponents of a proposed deep nuclear-waste vault near Lake Huron have accused OPG of side-stepping specific federal instructions to study alternative sites.

 

Renewables and Conservation

7 Factors Show Why Wind & Solar Are Superior to Nuclear and Fossil Fuels Economically viable, low negative externalities, broadly deployable, flexible, rapid to build, reliable and predictable, and low liability.

New ON Solar Bonds on Sale

 

Take Action!

Can you spare a few hours to help me leaflet blitz Scarborough Rouge River? Contact: angela@cleanairalliance.org

Close the old and dangerous Pickering Nuclear Station – Please Sign the Petition to Close Pickering when its license expires in 2018 rather than extend its life 'till 2028 which is OPG's hope.

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. And also send a letter to Minister McKenna urging her to reject OPG's nuclear waste burial scheme catherine.mckenna@parl.gc.ca

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

Scarborough residents: Close Pickering Nuclear Station Public Meeting, Mon. July 25, 7 p.m. Scarborough Civic Centre, Committee Room 1

Bleeders Summerworks Theatre, Aug. 4 – 14, Toronto. An Afro-futurist dub-opera. The story takes place way into the future – the Pickering Nuclear Plant has exploded, and a group of Black womxn form a small council. How in the midst of government oppression, gender revolution, and ecological degradation do we still find hope?

World Social Forum Global gathering in Montreal, Aug. 8 – 12, for a world free of the threat of nuclear fission, both military and civilian.
 
Green Energy Doors Open Sept. 9,10,11. Showcase of more than 150 sustainable energy projects throughout Ontario.



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