No Nukes News

June 14, 2011

 

Italians say no to nuclear energy in referendum

Berlusconi said on Monday, "We must probably say goodbye to the possibility of nuclear power stations and we must strongly commit ourselves to renewable energy." Shares of Italian renewable energy companies rose after his comments, made at a news conference.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/06/13/uk-italy-nuclear-idUKTRE75C3P020110613


Nuclear fuel has melted through base of Fukushima plant – “melt through” described as “far worse than a core meltdown”

The nuclear fuel in three of the reactors at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant has melted through the base of the pressure vessels and is pooling in the outer containment vessels, according to a report by the Japanese government. The findings of the report, which has been given to the International Atomic Energy Agency, were revealed by the Yomiuri newspaper, which described a "melt-through" as being "far worse than a core meltdown" and "the worst possibility in a nuclear accident." Tepco said it is trying to contain the contaminated water and prevent it from leaking into the sea, but elevated levels of radiation have been confirmed in the ocean off the plant. Studies have estimated that the cost of the accident at Fukushima may rise as high as $250 billion over the next 10 years.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/8565020/Nuclear-fuel-has-melted-through-base-of-Fukushima-plant.html

 

Some Fukushima soil same as Chernobyl 'dead zone'

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110601n1.html

 

Fukushima in Our Food: Low Levels of Radiation from Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown Detected in Milk, Fruit and Vegetable Samples Tested from California Farms

http://www.compassnaturalmarketing.com/2011/06/01/fukushima-in-our-food-low-levels-of-radiation-from-japans-nuclear-meltdown-detected-in-milk-fruit-and-vegetable-samples-tested-from-california-farms/

 

Fukushima, Chernobyl and You

http://www.watershedsentinel.ca/content/fukushima-chernobyl-and-you-0

 

Fukushima Reactor No. 1 more radioactive than ever

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/06/04/fukushima-reactor-no-1-more-radioactive-than-ever/

 

Japan may have no nuclear reactors running by next April

All 54 of Japan's nuclear reactors may be shut by next April, adding more than $30 billion a year to the country's energy costs, if communities object to plant operating plans due to safety concerns, trade ministry officials said on Wednesday.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/08/us-japan-nuclear-reactors-idUSTRE7572P920110608

 

Protests Challenge Japan’s Use of Nuclear Power – 20,000 in Tokyo

http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/t/hiroko_tabuchi/index.html?inline=nyt-per


After Japan, Where's The Next Nuclear Weak Link?

Imagine a country where corruption is rampant, infrastructure is very poor, or the quality of security is in question. Now what if that country built a nuclear power plant?

It may sound alarming but that is what could happen in many developing countries which are either building nuclear power plants or considering doing so - a prospect that raises serious questions after Japan's experience handling a nuclear crisis.

http://planetark.org/wen/62294


Port Hope Contaminated Homes: A Tough sell

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1006749--tough-sell


Why The Northern Saskatchewan Forum Voted To Ban Nuclear Wastes

The NWMO is following a two-track strategy in the north. On the one hand it says that a community has to agree to “host” a nuclear dump; that there must be “informed consent”. On the other hand it works behind the scene, with multi-million dollar inducements, to make sure some people are already benefitting, while sugar-coating a nuclear dump to sound good for the north. Several Métis and First Nations leaders spoke eloquently about how NWMO’s process is undermining the duty to consult. NWMO’s deceit is starting to unravel.

https://sites.google.com/site/cleangreensaskca/Home/jim-harding-s-column/why-the-northern-saskatchewan-forum-voted-to-ban-nuclear-wastes


Spent Nuclear Fuel Pools in the US: Reducing the Deadly Risks of Storage

http://www.ips-dc.org/reports/spent_nuclear_fuel_pools_in_the_us_reducing_the_deadly_risks_of_storage


McGuinty's green energy 'explosion' more of an implosion

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/commentary/barrie-mckenna/mcguintys-green-energy-explosion-more-an-implosion/article2057633/


US solar power nears competing on price

US solar power will compete on price with conventional generation within three years without subsidy thanks to plummeting costs, industry leaders say.

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/05a4354a-91fe-11e0-b8c1-00144feab49a.html#axzz1OitvWeyl


Soaking up the sun

Installing solar panels offers a great return if you can afford the initial cost, but provincial payback may be running out

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/Soaking/4929485/story.html


Science doesn't back the campaign of fear on wind power, Sierra Club argues

Ottawa Sierra Club Canada has waded into the increasingly heated debate over wind power in Ontario with a report that draws on scientific literature to counter "a campaign of fear" from wind opponents. The report, titled The Real Truth About Wind Energy, concludes there's "no evidence of significant health effects" from wind power. "A link between well-sited wind turbines and health concerns is unfounded," it flatly declares.

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/mobile/iphone/story.html?id=4920202


The Economic Impacts of the Wind Energy Sector in Ontario 2011 – 2018

The new report by Clearsky Advisors demonstrates the huge economic boost Ontario is getting from the renewable energy sector - thanks to its Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) program.  Some highlights:

http://www.canwea.ca/pdf/economic_impacts_wind_energy_ontario2011-2018.pdf


Support Sustainable Energy!  - Support the Green Energy Act

WattsNEXT? sustainable energy contest open to all Ontarians
New website and contest tells what's watt in Ontario and gives a chance to win a $70,000 solar system! 

http://www.wattsnext.ca/index.php


Open Letter in Support of Ontario’s Green Energy Act and Feed-in-Tariff

Do you represent a business? We're asking businesses to sign the Open Letter to Ontario’s political party leaders to save the feed-in-tariff program and Samsung green energy deal. Ontario is poised to be a world leader in renewable energy energy development, already creating more than 13,000 jobs and millions of work hours for those in trades and construction. This is an enviable position that we can ill-afford to jeopardize. Please sign the letter and urge your associates to do the same. To read and sign it visit: www.citizensclimatelobby.ca/content/green-energy-act-open-letter

Background information about the Green Energy Act is available at http://citizensclimatelobby.ca/content/green-energy-act.


How Much Time? Urgent priorities for averting climate crisis

A Town Hall Meeting with a focus on opportunities in building the clean energy economy

Wednesday, June 15, 7-9 pm

In the Paris-London Room of the International Living Learning Centre, Ryerson University, 240 Jarvis St. (between Dundas & Gerrard), Toronto

 

Speakers:

Hon Glen R. Murray, MPP [Toronto Centre], Minister of Research and Innovation

Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu (Climate Change critic for the Green Party of Canada)

Moderator: David Macdonald (United Church of Canada Minister; former MP [Rosedale]; former chair of the standing committee on the environment (1990)

Sponsored by JustEarth (www.justearth.net)

Co-sponsors: Citizens Climate Lobby, Science for Peace, Greenspiration, Transition Toronto, Green 13


The Elliott Allen Institute for Theology & Ecology (EAITE), at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto presents:

A Universe Story – Canadian Premiere

We are part of an immense universe and this changes everything

www.journeyoftheuniverse.org

Wed. June 15, 7:30 p.m.
Muzzo Family Alumni Hall, Room 100, St. Michael’s College, 121 St. Joseph St., Toronto

This film project and companion book is a collaboration of evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme and historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker. They weave a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, and biology with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe.

The film will be introduced by 2 highly acclaimed Thomas Berry scholars who have worked on its production and content, and will be followed by discussion.

For more info: Dennis.ohara@utoronto.ca   Donations accepted.


Sign the Petition Calling for a Moratorium on New Nuclear Projects in ON

http://www.ontariosgreenfuture.ca/petition2.php

 

And order FREE anti-nuclear and anti-coal leaflets

They contain postcards to politicians. Courtesy of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance.

http://www.cleanairalliance.org/get_involved_order_pamphlets

 

Thank you for helping get the word out!


Angela Bischoff
Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
160 John Street, Suite 300, Toronto, Ont. M5V 2E5
Phone 416-260-2080 ext. 1
angela@cleanairalliance.org
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