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July 3, 2012 – Please pass this onto a friend!

 

Please sign this petition calling on the Ontario legislature to end the practice of passing on nuclear cost overruns to ratepayers and taxpayers.

 

The World

Spent fuel pool in Japan's Fukushima could spark nuclear fire It's being described as a global catastrophe waiting to happen.

Estimating the Potential Impact of Failure of the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 Spent fuel Pool: A local Problem for Japan or a Global Mega Crisis? The results of this analysis suggest that a nominal release of 10% of the SFP 4 inventory of cesium and strontium would represent 3-­10 times the March 2011 release amounts, substantially increasing risk levels in Japan and impacting marine life. Release of 100% of the SFP 4 inventory, or 30-­100 times the March 2011 release amounts, could result in significant global impact.

Fears Accompany Fishermen in Japanese Disaster Region

TEPCO shareholders approve nationalization for $12.58B bailout Total costs associated with the Fukushima nuclear disaster, including compensation and cleanup, is currently estimated at more than $100 billion. This latest round of government funding brings the total amount of public money injected into TEPCO to 2.5 trillion yen ($30.7 billion).

In Tokyo, Thousands Protest the Restarting of a Nuclear Power Plant

US Conference of Mayors Resolved to require that the US Department of Energy focus on the treatment and storage of radioactive waste on-site where appropriate to mitigate health and environmental risks of transporting low, high and mixed level waste to offsite treatment facilities

Lessons from Fukushima Surveying the consequences of the disaster, CCPA weighs in on the future of nuclear power and the opportunities for sustainable energy in the wake of Fukushima for Canada and the world.

Nuclear Preparedness Must Include Humans and Other Living Things What is needed is a large and powerful team of experts and decision makers outside the nuclear establishment whose sole responsibility is to provide maximum protection to living things beyond the perimeters of the afflicted nuclear facilities. Just as war is too important a matter to leave to the generals, the Fukushima accident has made it clear that nuclear power is far too important to leave to the nuclear physicists and engineers. Society must take steps now to diversify its sources of information and expertise on matters related to nuclear energy. Otherwise we will see the same pattern of secrecy, duplicity, denial, and cover up – that has characterized TEPCO's behaviour vis-a-vis its Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactors – repeated in any future nuclear disaster.

France's Problem with Nuclear Waste Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear (www.beyondnuclear.org) talks about France's problem with nuclear waste and dispels the country's reputation, often promoted by the nuclear industry, that it manages the waste. 5 min. video

Dr. Rosalie Bertell – Anti-nuclear Nun

 

Ontario

Abandoning Nuclear Wastes on the Shores of the Great Lakes Of course the word “disposal” has no scientific definition. It just means that the wastes will be stored for a while and eventually abandoned – even though they remain dangerously radioactive for tens of millennia. And where will they be abandoned? Just a mile or two from the shores of Lake Huron.

U.S. residents protest Bruce nuclear waste proposal

Kitchener-Waterloo is calling you With a razor-thin minority government hanging in the balance, all parties will be focusing on the upcoming by-election in Kitchener-Waterloo, likely to take place in September. This is a golden opportunity to draw attention to the major fork in the road facing Ontario energy policy – pour more money into expensive and risky nuclear projects or opt for safer and cheaper alternatives like energy efficiency, made-in-Ontario green power, and hydro imports from Quebec. Sign our petition calling on all the by-election candidates to sign our Electricity Consumer Protection Pledge. Backroom deals with enormous hidden costs are not in Ontarians’ best interest and candidates must be strongly encouraged to sign the pledge. Help us distribute our new pamphlet throughout K-W.

 

Renewables and Conservation

Microgrid - Showing the Future of Electricity... Today 5 min. video showing UCSD's microgrid as one of the best examples of an electricity network that provides local control yet is interconnected with the larger electricity grid.

 

Act Now!

Stop the Nuke Dump from coming to Saugeen Shores Write Council. Sign the Petition.  

Please email Energy Minister Bentley and ask him to create sustainable jobs and lower electricity bills by investing in energy efficiency. Please tell him that subsidizing the wasteful consumption of high-cost electricity is a fool’s game. It’s about efficiency, not handouts.

Stop plans to build small nuclear reactors in Saskatchewan to power oil extraction from the Alberta Tar Sands. Sign the petition.

Tell Japan's Prime Minister: Keep Japan Nuclear-Free! Japan is currently nuclear-free--all of its 50+ reactors have been shut down since the Fukushima disaster of March 2011. But Prime Minister Noda is now seeking restart of the two nuclear reactors at Ohi as soon as possible. And this could be a prelude to more restarts. Our friends in Japan are asking for us all to raise our voices in protest. Sign the petition.

Sign the Avaaz Petition To UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Prime Minister Noda As global citizens, we call on you to urgently send an independent team of international experts to assess the dangerous situation at Fukushima Daiichi reactor #4 and recommend clear steps to prevent disaster. A pool of deadly radioactive cesium still sits exposed -- risking a human nuclear catastrophe 10 times as bad as Chernobyl. The Japanese government is not responding. It's time for urgent international action.

Urge Canadian government to cancel proposed radioactive waste dumps on Great Lakes shoreline

Hudak’s Nuclear Fantasy Ontario Opposition Leader Tim Hudak released his strategy to lower electricity rates, namely, cancelling the Green Energy Act’s feed-in-tariff for renewable energy and embarking on a major nuclear spending program to ensure that nuclear power will meet “half of our power needs.” Please send Mr. Hudak a message here and ask him to develop a credible, fact-based strategy to cut the real waste in Ontario’s electricity system – nuclear power.

Order our new leaflet calling on the ON gov’t to halt their massive nuclear expansion plans – they’re free and contain postcards to Energy Minister Bentley asking him to favour lower-cost, safer and greener options. Distribute them to your friends and neighbours.

Send an email to ON Energy Minister Bentley and ask him to finish the coal phase-out in 2012 and invest in energy conservation rather than build or rebuild new nukes.

Please email Ontario’s Finance Minister Dwight Duncan and tell him that the electricity sector review must include a “value for money” analysis of future supply options

 

Events

Let’s Make Nuclear THE K-W by-election issue Mtng. #2, Mon. July 23, 7 p.m., Heritage Room, City Hall, Kitchener. All welcome! Let’s have some fun with this…

The Fuel of Life A major new photographic exhibition exploring the issue of energy in the 21st century, till July 8, 200 Wellington St. W, Toronto

PV Training Course July 9 – 13, Kortright, Woodbridge ON

 

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