No Nukes News

March 23, 2011

 

For the best updates on the Japan nuclear crisis see http://www.beyondnuclear.org/

Nuclear power is inherently unsafe and the list of possible illnesses stemming from exposure to the accompanying radiation is horrifying: genetic mutations, birth defects, cancer, leukemia and disorders of the reproductive, immune, cardiovascular and endocrine systems. – Kumi Naidoo


Darlington Nuclear Hearing

The federal hearing on the proposal by Ontario Power Generation to build up to four new reactors of yet-to-be-specified design gets underway Mon. Mar. 21 and will run for 3 weeks. They are open to the public - come one, come all!

The Hearing will be held at Hope Fellowship Church, 1685 Bloor Street, Courtice (between Oshawa and Bowmanville, a few kilometres due north of the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station)

The detailed schedule is posted at http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/details-eng.cfm?cear_id=29525

Find out more here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Darlington/154293134613131 

 

You can watch the proceedings LIVE webcast online, or call in and listen live.

Toll-free dial-in telephone numbers for English audio for the  Darlington Joint Review Panel proceedings: 613-960-7527 or 1-877-413-4815. The identification number is 5760957.

To access the live Webcast click here: http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/commission/webcasts/index.cfm (use explorer, not firefox)

Written transcripts and audio recordings of the proceedings will be available the day after each session.

   

Watch Helen Caldicott speak to the panel on Thur. March 24, sometime after 1:30 p.m.

Watch the video by activist Zach reporting from the hearings http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQIVRMM-LCU


No halt to Darlington hearings

Calls by several groups for a postponement of the hearings into proposed new nuclear reactors at Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington site have been rejected by the panel reviewing safety and environmental issues.

http://www.thestar.com/business/companies/article/957791--no-halt-to-darlington-hearings

 

Greenpeace shuts down Darlington nuclear hearing

http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/recent/Greenpeace-shuts-down-Darlington-nuclear-hearing/

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/957878--greenpeace-crashes-darlington-nuclear-hearings?bn=1

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/breakingnews/hearings-into-proposed-new-ontario-reactors-delayed-by-greenpeace-118425344.html


Calling All Youth – Sign the petition opposing new reactors at Darlington

http://www.gopetition.com/petition/43683.html


The true cost of nuclear in Ontario

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/campus-notes/2011/03/true-cost-nuclear-ontario


Probe our nuclear establishment to the core

 Two of the three major nuclear accidents -at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl -were not caused by 9.0-force earthquakes, but by faulty equipment or design malfunctions. Those are people problems.

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Probe+nuclear+establishment+core/4487665/story.html


Canada’s nuclear plants ordered to review safety after disaster in Japan

Canada's nuclear industry is facing repercussions from Japan's alarming reactor failures, as the federal regulator orders safety reviews and critics demand a halt to any new projects.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/canadas-nuclear-plants-ordered-to-review-safety-after-disaster-in-japan/article1950455/


Gentilly 2 reactor sits on fault line

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Gentilly+reactor+sits+fault+line/4447202/story.html

Hydro-Québec under pressure to close Gentilly 2 nuclear plant

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Hydro+Québec+under+pressure+close+nuclear+plant/4473898/story.html

 

PQ would shut Gentilly nuke plant

More than 300 Quebec municipalities have adopted resolutions calling for the province to stop using nuclear power.

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/would+shut+Gentilly+nuclear+plant/4477816/story.html


Nuclear Energy Isn't Needed

While we have all heard of Chernobyl and Three Mile Island, the nuclear industry would have us believe these are but isolated events in an otherwise unblemished history. Not so. Over 800 other significant events have been officially reported to the International Atomic Energy Agency — Mayak, Tokaimura, Bohunice, Forsmark to name just a few.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/23/opinion/23iht-ednaidoo23.html?_r=2&ref=global


Nuclear power report: 14 'near misses' at US plants due to 'lax oversight'

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission failed to resolve known safety problems, leading to 14 'near-misses' in US nuclear power plants in 2009 and 2010, according to a new report from a nuclear watchdog group.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/0318/Nuclear-power-report-14-near-misses-at-US-plants-due-to-lax-oversight?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+feeds%2Fcsm+%28Christian+Science+Monitor+|+All+Stories%29&utm_content=Twitter


Japan fears food contamination as battle to cool nuclear plant continues

Abnormal radiation levels reported in tap water, vegetables and milk with concerns that fish may also be affected

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/22/japan-food-contamination-nuclear-plant


Atomic Cleanup Cost Goes to Japan's Taxpayers, May Spur Liability Shift

Japan’s taxpayer, not the nuclear industry or insurers, will cover most of the cleanup cost from the worst accident since Chernobyl, a financial rescue that may spur moves by nations to make companies assume more liability.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-23/nuclear-cleanup-cost-goes-to-japan-s-taxpayers-may-spur-liability-shift.html


Battle-proof Wind Farms Survive Japan's Trial by Fire

Despite assertions by its detractors that wind energy would not survive an earthquake or tsunami the Japanese wind industry is still functioning and helping to keep the lights on during the Fuksuhima crisis.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kelly-rigg/battleproof-wind-farms-su_b_837172.html?ref=fb&src=sp


Wind power is producing 20% of PEI’s electricity needs and they are aiming for 30% by 2016!

http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/PEIEC.pdf


Rethinking nuclear power - Israel

The nuclear disaster in Japan caused Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to declare last week that Israel will not build nuclear power plants. By saying no to that source of energy, Israel could become a leader in implementing the never-ending, carbon-free and completely safe kind: solar and wind power.

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=213194


The path to eliminating nuclear weapons is clear cut

Ottawa could host landmark meeting to lay groundwork for treaty — four MPs urge action.

by Douglas Roche and Jim Creskey

http://www.straightgoods.ca/2011/ViewArticle.cfm?Ref=226&Cookies=yes


Nuclear in the Spotlight – Wed. Mar. 30, Toronto

Wed. March 30th, 7:30 p.m.

Annex Live, 296 Brunswick (at Bloor), Toronto

With performers Mike Ford, Meghan Morrison, Richard Underhill, Michael Louis Johnson, the Raging Grannies and more.

Kevin Kamps from Beyond Nuclear will speak to the current situation in Japan.

Help OCAA turn Ontario away from nuclear and toward safer options. 

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=192323914141758

http://nuclearspotlight.eventbrite.com/


Order FREE anti-nuclear and anti-coal leaflets here:

http://www.cleanairalliance.org/get_involved_order_pamphlets

They contain postcards to politicians.

Courtesy of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance.

Thanks…


Angela Bischoff
Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
Tel: 416 926 1907 x 246
625 Church Street, #402
Toronto, ON M4Y 2G1
angela@cleanairalliance.org
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