No Nukes News

Nov. 21, 2016



T. McClenaghan on Pickering nuclear's weak emergency plans Theresa McClenaghan is Executive Director of Canadian Environmental Law Association. She is advocating for stronger emergency management plans at Ontario's nuclear stations. She supports the closure of the Pickering nuclear station. 4 min. video.



The World

Nuclear Industry in France in Crisis, 20 Reactors Shut Down A third of France's nuclear reactors have been shut down by industry regulators as revelations emerge about the supply of sub-standard parts.

Dr. Timothy Mousseau speaks on the consequences of Chernobyl and Fukushima on plants and animals His research shows increased mutations, genetic damage, poorer performing and malformed sperm, sterility, pollen inviability, cancers, cataracts, mental retardation, fewer species, fewer numbers, deadzones, and no evidence of adaptation. 20 min. video.

Cost to scrap Fukushima nuclear plant massively underestimated, Japanese officials admit  Dismantling the reactors is expected to take about 40 years, but Tepco is still struggling to contain radioactive water from the plant and has said it can’t predict the eventual total costs of the clean-up and decommissioning. Elsewhere, the public cost of Fukushima nuclear accident cleanup topped $38 billion US and counting.

Nuclear Power Is Not "Green Energy": It Is a Fount of Atomic Waste The 438 nuclear power plants worldwide reduced CO2 emissions by less than 4 percent -- hardly enough to reverse climate change. But the nuclear lobby keeps pushing this lucrative 20th-century technology for a 21st-century problem even though wind and solar are cheaper, faster and more effective alternatives.

Smokescreen The nuclear solution to climate change is a smokescreen. 2 min. animated video by Fairwinds Energy Education

Trump Advisers Eye Reviving Nevada Yucca Nuclear Waste Dump Two people familiar with Trump’s transition planning say the issue is actively being discussed by advisers as a wave of nuclear power plant retirements intensifies pressure to find a permanent home for more than 70,000 metric tons of radioactive waste now stored at those facilities.

Rock Fall Causes Evacuation of Nuclear Waste Repository
Employees evacuated the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository – WIPP – after a reported rock fall at the southern New Mexico plant. The WIPP dump has been closed since February 2014 due to a radiation release. This is the model OPG is using to design its nuke waste dump in Kincardine.

Christi Belcourt wants name removed from Métis Nation of Ontario registry Christi Belcourt is from Espanola and her artwork can be found in some of Canada's most prestigious galleries. In a letter to the Métis Nation of Ontario this week, Belcourt said she disagrees with the group's decision to sign deals with Energy East, Nuclear Waste Management Organization and other mining agreements.

 

Ontario

Support our call to reclaim Pickering’s waterfront Attend the Pickering City Council meeting, make a deputation, or send them an email. 

Our Nuclear Future TVO’s The Agenda taped a show on ON’s nuclear costs. I was one of 4 guests.

180% price increase - That’s what OPG is asking to rebuild Darlington Letter from Green Party of ON leader to Energy Minister

What you need to know about the Port Hope Area radioactive waste cleanup The Port Hope Area Initiative is the largest environmental cleanup effort in Canadian history. Ottawa is spending $1.28-billion to contain 1.7-million cubic metres (m³) of low-level radioactive waste in Port Hope and Port Granby.

Concerns over harbour cleanup raised during CNSC meeting in Port Hope 

 

Renewables and Conservation

Tell Premier Wynne you want a 100% renewable Ontario More and more communities are shifting to green energy to fight climate change,  lower energy bills, create local jobs and end their reliance on risky nuclear power. But the Ontario government is headed in the opposite direction.  It recently announced it is putting the brakes on renewable energy while moving forward with extending 6 aging reactors at Pickering and rebuilding 10 reactors at Darlington and Bruce. It’s time to change course. I want Ontario to switch to 100% renewable energy. Sign the petition.
 
Taking back the power Craig Morris said the transition to renewable energy is a one time opportunity to democratize the energy sector. In Germany, the transition to renewable energy started with a grassroots movement which led to legislation. In Ontario, the law – Ontario's Green Energy Act of 2009 - came first. “The biggest winners of community renewable energy are going to be farming communities,” he said. And it will create jobs for people in rural communities and give them options. 

Global leaders call for 100% renewables transition to achieve Paris Agreement climate goals Global leaders from government, business and the UN gathered in Marrakech for a high-level meeting at COP22 to call for a transition to 100% renewable energy worldwide to achieve the climate goals of the Paris Agreement.

 

Take Action!

Support our call to reclaim Pickering's waterfront! On Mon. Dec. 12th at 7 p.m. we will ask Pickering City Council to request the Province of Ontario to direct Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to develop a plan to immediately dismantle and decommission the Pickering Nuclear Station after it is shutdown. Please attend to show support, and/or sign up to depute.

Speak out for a 100% Renewable Ontario The province is organizing consultations on Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan. Please attend one of the sessions or submit your comments online.

Sign our petition to close the old and dangerous Pickering Nuclear Station when its license expires in 2018 rather than extend its life 'till 2028 which is OPG's hope.

Can you spare a few hours to leaflet blitz your neighbourhood mailboxes? Help us make the closure of the Pickering nuclear station a public issue. Contact: angela@cleanairalliance.org

Please send Premier Wynne a message asking her to order OPG to develop an immediate decommissioning plan for Pickering and to close this dinosaur by 2018 (when its license expires) at the latest. Background here.

Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Sign the petition calling on Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to reject OPG's nuclear waste dump on the shore of Lake Huron.

Order your free KI (anti-thyroid-cancer) pills here if you live within 50 km of an ON nuclear facility that includes all of Toronto and beyond. Download your anti-thyroid cancer posters here to post in your office, school, or local cafe

 

Events

Fuelling Our Future: Is Renewable Doable? Sunday Nov. 27, 7 p.m. Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave, Toronto
 
Combined Solar PV and Energy Storage Solutions for Residential Installations Wed. Dec. 7, 250 Yonge St, Toronto. Breakfast seminar with the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce
 
Pickering City Council Meeting Mon. Dec. 12, 7 p.m. Make a deputation, attend as a witness, or send them an email. Tell them you want the Pickering Nuclear station dismantled immediately after shutting down, rather than waiting 30 years.



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