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March 9, 2015 –   Please pass this onto a friend!

 

“Here’s an industry with the capacity for global devastation, with no permanent plan for their garbage, the most dangerous stuff on Earth, and they’re allowed to keep producing it indefinitely.” Tony McQuail, who farms near Lucknow, Ontario, near Bruce Nuclear Station

The World

Fukushima Meltdown 4 Years Later Four years have passed since the tragic triple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants, and the hits keep on coming as massive amounts of radioactively contaminated water continue to flow into the Pacific Ocean and no solution exists for safely containing the ongoing accumulation of radioactive debris contaminating the prefecture.

Fukushima fishermen blast TEPCO over failure to disclose radioactive water flow Fisherman are frustrated over the utility’s failure for half a year to close the flow into the ocean of water contaminated with radioactive materials from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

Ex-Japan PM Kan calls for abolishing nuclear power and says the 21st century will be "the age of solar power."

Inside the race for Canada’s nuclear waste: 11 towns vie to host deep burial site Canada’s nuclear waste will be deadly for 400,000 years. What town would like the honour of hosting it?

Schreiber SK dropped from list of potential nuclear waste sites The NWMO continues to investigate the feasibility of nuclear waste storage in or near nine other communities, all of which are in Ontario. They include White River, Manitouwadge, Hornepayne, Ignace, Blind River, Elliot Lake, Central Huron, Huron-Kinloss and South Bruce.

Spineless attacks on nuclear power plants could increase  Nuclear power plants increasingly face a new enemy: the humble jellyfish. These aquatic animals—and algae and other plants—get caught in and block the cooling water intake pipes of nuclear power plants, preventing nuclear reactors from getting the huge amount of water they need every day to cool their reactor cores and associated equipment. There have been dozens of cases in which jellyfish caused partial or complete shutdowns of coastal power plants in the past few decades, as well as shutdowns of desalination plants. Algae too.

Thousands of cracks in Belgian reactors, potentially a global nuclear problem The Director General of the Belgian nuclear regulator admitted that, "This may be a global problem for the entire nuclear industry. The solution is to implement worldwide, accurate inspections of all 430 nuclear power plants.”

Nuke Your Guts Out 2 min. video

Why nuclear industry needs to be paid $500/MWh
The study suggests that if nuclear support was shelved in favour of renewables, the cost savings would be spectacular – on average 37% across the EU.

Saskatchewan uranium mine's costly legacy Fifty years after the Gunnar uranium mine and mill on the north shore of Lake Athabasca ceased operating, Saskatchewan is faced with huge environmental and financial liabilities. All the Gunnar uranium was sold for the manufacture of nuclear weapons. 

China’s biggest viral video right now is this two-hour-long documentary on pollution Highly recommended viewing. While she doesn’t address climate change or green energy, she does address smog, coal, cars, industrial pollution, and corporate plutocracy. Did you know of the Great Smog of 1952 when 12,000 Londoners died?

 

Ontario

9 good reasons why we need a public review of a Bruce Nuclear deal

Bruce Reactor Relicensing: Getting Started Watch the webinar with Shawn-Patrick Stensil of Greenpeace, and then get to work submitting your own written and/or oral presentation. Deadline to submit is Mar. 16

Green Jobs - From Nuclear to Conservation and Renewables 28 min, video with Angela Bischoff, Ontario Clean Air Alliance

 

Renewables and Conservation

Fantastic interactive video contrasting the benefits of a safe, clean, affordable renewable-power future with continued reliance on dirty, dangerous nuclear power and fossil fuels.

The Humble Light Bulb Helps Japan Fill Energy Gap Left From Shutting Down Nuclear Reactors LED bulbs plus other conservation and green energy are taking off in Japan

Solar lights a healthy – and empowering – path in disasters Breakthroughs in low-cost, solar lighting and mobile charging can improve the quality of disaster relief and refugee life around the world as never before

Energy Efficiency Engine of Economic Growth in Canada Nation-wide modeling shows impressive economic growth and job creation potential from this clean energy resource

Wind continues to Gain Power in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta Canada now has almost 10,000 megawatts of wind-powered electricity generating capacity, representing about seven per cent of total generating capacity.

Energy storage paves way for electricity independence

Solar and wind substantially cheaper than nuclear, even in UK
More evidence that nuclear will not survive in an open market

 

Take Action!

Leaflet dropping Premier Wynne’s Riding Can you spare a few hours to help me leaflet blitz Premier Wynne's riding (Don Valley West, just north of downtown Toronto) with this leaflet? Email me and I’ll fill you in. Thanks. angela@cleanairalliance.org Alternatively, order leaflets to blitz your own neighbourhood.
 
Please send a letter to Premier Wynne here calling for a transparent review of any proposed Bruce deal, especially in light of a potential conflict of interest.

Ontario Energy Board Grinches out on energy conservation  Please contact Energy Minister Chiarelli here and ask him to direct the OEB to make conservation a real priority.

Petition: Do not approve the re-opening of nuclear power plants The people in Fukui prefecture, Japan are campaigning against the governor’s policy to restart its nuclear power plants.

Please send a letter to the Premier right now urging her to strike a deal with Quebec. Water power imports from Quebec can replace the Darlington nuclear rebuild at a fraction of the cost.

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Please sign the petition to oppose OPG’s plans to bury their nuclear waste on the shore of Lake Huron. And urge your elected officials to pass a resolution to oppose the nuclear dump on the Great Lake Huron. There are already 142 jurisdictions, including the City of Chicago – representing over 18 million people – that have done so! See the list here.

 

Events

This Nuclear Age Free weekly public lectures on public health in a nuclear age. Wednesdays, 4 – 6 p.m., Jan. 7 – April 1, University of Toronto

Fukushima+4 Telebriefing on the ongoing consequences of the Fukushima nuclear disaster that began in March 2011. Monday March 9, 8 pm (Eastern)

March 11 marks 4 years into the nuclear disaster at Fukushima. We can’t afford a Fukushima on one of our Great Lakes. Join the leaflet blitz in Wynne’s riding on Wed. at noon. If you can’t join us then, we will do more blitzes. Contact me at: angela@cleanairalliance.org and I’ll fill you in. Thanks.

Renewable Energy 101 Webinar with TREC, Wed. March 11, 6 – 7 pm EST

Pull the Plug on Nuclear Power Wed. March 11, remember Fukushima. Boycott grid power. Use solar and wind.

Killing the Competition: The Nuclear Power Agenda to Block Climate Action, Stop Renewable Energy, and Subsidize Old Reactors Conference call or register to receive a link to the recording: Thursday, March 12, 3 pm ET

Energy Efficiency: Engine of Economic Growth in Canada (and the U.S.) – Webinar Wed. Mar 18, 1 p.m. EDT

Act On Climate March On April 11, Canada’s Premiers are heading to QC City to talk climate. So are we. Join us.

World Uranium Symposium April 14 – 16, Quebec City

International Uranium Film Festival April 15 – 25, Quebec City It is dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Atomic Bomb and the bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki in 1945. 


 


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