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May 30, 2013 –   Please pass this onto a friend!

"Don't Push Your Luck!  Don't let these geriatric reactors continue operating past their engineering design life times.” Dr. Gordon Edwards writing about the proposed Ontario Pickering nuclear reactor extension

“Wind power is, like the sun, a free gift from the heavens that is available for all time – leaving no diesel soot and no nuclear waste. It saves the environ­ment, in country after country, from tens of millions of metric tons of greenhouse gases. Wars are fought over oil, but the wind will never be a reason for war. Every wind turbine is a sign of peace. War over oil or peace from sun and wind? This is one of the key policy issues of the 21st century.” - Franz Alt



The World

Fukushima No. 1 nuclear station can’t keep its head above tainted water More than two years into the triple-meltdown crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, workers continue to wage a desperate battle to keep the stricken reactors cool while trying to contain the 400 tons of radioactive water produced by the process each day.

Does nuclear power produce no CO2 ? A good piece that looks at the entire nuclear fuel chain

We can let fission fizzle out in a renewable world If Germany can phase out nuclear power and still thrive, why would other nations pursue a uranium-fuelled future?

Treasury admits 'mistake' over nuclear power cost A UK government report has revealed the estimated cost of decommissioning nuclear power has increased by around £16 billion to £53 billion in 4 years with the Treasury admitting to a mistake over its failure to calculate the costs. "Nuclear energy simply cannot be delivered without eye-wateringly high cost. In these difficult economic times, the last thing people need is to see their money wasted on nuclear white elephants that are significantly more expensive than renewable options.
 

Ontario

Pickering nuclear seeks to renew its licence

Aging Pickering Reactors Too Dangerous to Operate The risk of a major accident at the aging Pickering reactors has increased significantly, according to a new accident report by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) obtained by environmental groups.

Nuclear Contamination Knows No Borders
22 min. audio podcast with Dr. Gordon Edwards and Arnie Gunderson speaking about Canadian nuclear reactors  and the Pickering extension

Cancellation of Ontario gas plants pales in comparison to nuclear repair costs Canada’s experience on nuclear plant repairs shows that it always costs much more and takes longer than originally budgeted.

Environmentalists fight Darlington nuclear upgrades in court Greenpeace is concerned that the process didn't consider a large-scale nuclear accident that results in a radioactive release. "We can't pretend that large, major, nuclear accidents don't and won't happen."
 
Ontario considering nuclear slowdown, minister says Province mulling whether to delay building new units

Ontario Goes Coal-Free in a Decade By the end of 2013, one year ahead of its goal, the province of Ontario will be virtually coal-free—a first for a North American jurisdiction. How did the most populous part of Canada go from 25% to 0% coal-fired generation in just a decade, and what does this phaseout mean for the rest of the world?
 
Toronto air pollution down over past decade Angela Bischoff of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance said the recession played a minor role but the shutdown of heavily polluting coal plants was more important. “The coal phase-out has been huge,” she said. “Ontario is really leading the continent in phasing out coal and we think that has led to a substantial improvement in our air quality.” The province has gone from producing 25 per cent of its electricity from coal to just three per cent, she said. Bischoff is hopeful that number will be reduced to zero by the end of the year.  “We’re not out of the woods yet, because Ontario still burns a lot of natural gas and is burning more since the coal phase-out,” she said. “That’s the next direction the government needs to go.”
 

Renewables and Conservation

Happy birthday to the Green Energy and Green Economy Act A whole new industry exists in Ontario that wasn’t here four years ago. Over the next year, Ontario has important decisions to make about where we’ll get our electricity into the future. Compared to risky nuclear energy with its perpetual cost overruns, building a more robust renewable energy sector and harnessing the significant energy savings staring us in the face is the cleanest, lowest cost option for powering Ontario

Why Canada needs more community power Policies must be redesigned in order to give ordinary citizens more access to control and experience the benefits of the growth of the renewable energy sector. In 2011 more than 50% of all wind-generating capacity in Germany was owned by its own citizens -- directly. Let's aim for that.

NY Statewide Energy Efficiency: Motivating Residents One Home at a Time  Ontarians use 50% more energy per person than our neighbours in NY state. This article explains how they're reducing demand. We could do the same thing here at a fraction of the cost of building more gas peaker plants and nuclear reactors. So why aren't we? That's the power of the nuclear lobby.

Investing in Energy Efficiency – It Just Makes Sense An Ontario primer
 
Myths and facts about the role of renewable energies in Germany’s “Energy Transition”

Take Action!

Phase-out Pickering Nuclear Station and save $850 million per year Tell the Premier that we must avoid another electricity expenditure fiasco – don’t waste our hard-earned money rebuilding this aging and outdated facility! Click here

Tell Premier Wynne to help you save by putting efficiency first! 

Tell U.S. & S. African governments: end radioactive "recycling" U.S. nuclear weapons waste could end up in your zipper, belt buckle or frying pan if the Department of Energy lifts its bans on release of metal from radioactive areas. South African nuclear weapons waste could end up in your earrings, forks or baby toys if three radioactive metal smelters are given licenses by the South African government.

Demand lower human-made radiation in food The US limit for carcinogenic radioactive cesium is 1200 Bq/kg in food. Japan, which is still suffering a triple meltdown, has a limit of 100 Bq/kg. Both of these limits are way too high to protect our children. We are asking that the limit be reduced to 5 Bq/kg for all food, nutritional supplements and pharmaceuticals. Sign the petition.
 

Events

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Hearings on the proposed Pickering nuclear extension in Pickering May 29, 30 and 31.  Attend the hearings in person or watch them live webcast.
 
The Rise of Modern Wind Energy with Prof. Maegaard. May 30, 1 – 3 p.m., 215 Spadina Ave, Toronto & live via webinar
 
Ontario Energy Drinks Thur. May 30, 5:30 p.m., Overdraught Irish Pub, 156 Front Street West, Toronto



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
www.cleanairalliance.org
www.ontariosgreenfuture.ca
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