No Nukes News

March 24, 2016

 

“Pickering is the closest nuclear power plant to a major urban area in North America. Within 30 kms of Pickering 2.2 million people live. It’s irresponsible to subject those 2.2 million people to a potentially catastrophic accident when we don’t need to operate Pickering anymore. Pickering is an old, very high cost nuclear power plant. If we were to shut down Pickering now, we would actually lower our electricity bills by about $900 million per year.” - Jack Gibbons in 24 min. video interview. Watch it!

           



The World

For First Time, Majority in U.S. Oppose Nuclear Energy Gallup poll: 54% of Americans oppose nuclear energy, 44% in favor. Both major parties less likely to favor nuclear energy than in 2015.

Day 5 of the Nuclear Accident in Kakrapar, India: Leak Continues, Just Assurances on Radiation, No Transparency

Greenpeace demands probe into all 'aging' heavy water reactors
"All of the heavy water reactors over twenty years of age should be immediately inspected so we can ensure what happened at Kakrapar (India) does not happen at another station. All inspection results should be made public and subject to independent review," said Shawn-Patrick Stensil, Greenpeace.

Japanese Citizens Celebrate Victory -- Shut Down Nuclear Power Plant 90 second citizen video report. "Japanese citizens celebrate the shutting down of an operating nuclear power plant. Citizens living up to 70 kilometers away (approximately 45 miles) sued Kansai Electric, and won! We want to protect Kyoto's cultural heritage from radioactive contamination. We want to protect the largest lake in Japan, Lake Biwa, the water for 14 million people."  And here’s a New York Times piece about the court ordered shutdown.

The Robots Sent Into Fukushima Have 'Died' The reactors continue to bleed radiation into the ground water and thence into the Pacific Ocean. A subterranean "ice wall" around the crippled plant meant to stop groundwater from becoming contaminated has yet to be finished. And authorities still don’t how to dispose of highly radioactive water stored in an ever mounting number of tanks around the site, to say nothing of the radioactive debris collected from the decontamination process.

Radioactive waste dogs Germany despite abandoning nuclear power Half a kilometre beneath the forests of northern Germany, in an old salt mine, a nightmare is playing out. The walls of the Asse mine are collapsing and cracks forming, thanks to pressure from surrounding rocks. So the race is on to dig it all up before radioactive residues are flushed to the surface.

Congressman Higgins asks feds to keep highly enriched uranium shipments from Chalk River, ON out of Western New York
Congressman says risks are too great given recent container flaws and lack of environmental or threat assessment. "The liquid nuclear waste that DOE plans to begin shipping is highly radioactive, and complicating matters, it has never before been shipped by truck or in the transport cask that your agency recently approved.”

 

Ontario

Disadvantages lurk in push for nuclear power A few weeks ago, Premier Kathleen Wynne, in an unsuccessful bid to boost the Liberal candidate in the Whitby-Oshawa byelection, announced a $13 billion refurbishment of the Darlington nuclear generating station. A similar amount is to be spent on the Bruce Nuclear station near Kincardine on the shores of Lake Huron. But nuclear power is dangerous, uncertain and very expensive.

Chief Pat Madahbee says Anishinabek Nation won’t change stance on nuclear waste repositories The Anishinabek Nation remains united and opposed to any deep geological nuclear waste repositories within its territory.

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump at Kincardine - Song by Tony Quarrington 5 min. original song with video and photos of the area where they want to abandon our nuclear waste forever and hope it never leaks into the great Lake Huron.

 

Renewables and Conservation

REmap: Roadmap for A Renewable Energy Future According to a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), doubling the share of renewables in the global energy mix by 2030 can save up to USD 4.2 trillion annually by 2030 thanks to avoided expenditures on air pollution and climate change. It would also create more jobs, boost economic growth, save millions of lives annually through reduced air pollution, and – when coupled with greater energy efficiency – put the world on track to keep the rise of temperatures within 2°C, in line with the Paris Agreement.

180 MW Armow Wind Power Facility in Ontario Now in Operation Armow Wind is expected to generate enough clean energy to power approximately 70,000 Ontario homes each year, built by Ontario workers with Ontario-made wind turbine components, generating millions of dollars in local lease payments and property taxes, creating more than 350 jobs during peak construction and supported over 750 workers from Ontario manufacturing facilities. Also has Six Nations participation.

Ontario to convert largest coal plant in North America to solar farm Idled in 2013, and formerly the largest emitter in Canada, Nanticoke coal plant will be converted to a 44 MW solar installation

Surge in renewable energy stalls world greenhouse gas emissions Falling coal use in China and the US and a shift towards renewable energy globally saw energy emissions level for the second year running, says IEA

Cheaper renewable energy has soared past nuclear power
Renewable energy in India has overtaken nuclear power as the country seeks carbon-free sources of energy. It is growing at a much faster pace because it is cheaper, quicker to install and does not come with attendant risks, such as this week's radioactive fuel leak in Gujarat.

 

Take Action!

Premier, it's time to ban corporate donations The federal government and other provinces - the latest being Alberta - ban corporate and union donations to political parties. Why not Ontario? Send a letter to the Premier here. A Green Party of ON initiative.

Tell Premier Wynne you want a renewable energy future Tell her it’s irresponsible to approve risky nuclear plants without even considering alternatives. A Greenpeace petition.

Let's build stronger ties between Ontario and Quebec Send your letter here asking Federal Ministers Morneau and Sohi to support electricity transmission system upgrades that will permit increased electricity trade between Ontario and Quebec.

No nuclear waste near the Great Lakes' shores - Send your letter now to Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change. Or send personal emails to Justin.Trudeau@parl.gc.ca & Catherine.McKenna@parl.gc.ca

Please send the Premier a message telling her that Pickering must be shut down by 2018 (when its current licence expires) at the latest.
 
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.
 
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Events

Canaries in the Uranium Mine: The Abandoned Uranium Mine Crisis and the Campaign to Clean Them Up Webinar Fri. March 25, 3 – 4 p.m. EST

Life Off GridMarch 25 - March 31, Bloor Hot Docs (Bloor and Bathurst), Toronto. Meet the pioneers creating a new model for sustainability. Industrious, dedicated and creative people across Canada are living “off grid”— without any connection to the electrical or natural gas infrastructures that criss-cross our nation.

Net Zero Homes Workshop
Wed. March 30, 9 a.m. – noon, Kitchener, ON

Global Day Against Military Spending Monday April 11, noon - 2 p.m. Dundas Square, Toronto. Worldwide military spending exceeds $1.75 Trillion. The Canadian Government spends over $23 billion on military spending. That’s the 6th highest in NATO. The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) is calling on the Government of Canada to substantially reduce military expenditures and re-allocate them to urgent social and environmental needs.

Green Living Show April 15-17, Metro Toronto Convention Centre- North Building, 255 Front Street West. The Green Living Show is Canada's largest consumer show dedicated to simple solutions for leading a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.



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