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Oct. 26, 2013 –   Please pass this onto a friend!



Now that our energy decision makers’ feet are getting a little closer to the ground, it’s time for them to also come clean about the plan to rebuild the existing 4 reactors at Darlington. Again, the cost has been vastly understated, the need overstated, and the alternatives ignored.
 
Please congratulate Energy Minister Chiaralli on demonstrating some strong common sense by nixing new reactors.  And remind him that he should give the same sensible attention to the costly and unnecessary Darlington Re-Build Plan. 


The World

Fukushima radiation levels soar to record high in aftermath of Typhoon Wipha

40,000 Rally in Tokyo to Say: 'No Nukes!'

Help wanted in Fukushima: low pay, high risks and gangsters
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String of 'silly mistakes' at crippled Fukushima plant prompts concern

Fukushima’s Radiation Gusher
At least 300 tons of cesium- and strontium-contaminated water is still spewing into the Pacific every day. Japan has decided that fish contaminated with fewer than 100 Becquerels per kilogram (Bq/kg) of cesium-137 is good enough to eat. Some local officials have set a stricter bar of 50 Bq/kg. In the U.S. the permissible level of cesium in food is 1,200 Bq/kg. Canada allows 1,000 Bq/kg. The difference is startling. The huge discrepancy allows importation by the U.S. and Canada of what Japan considers highly contaminated fish, vegetables and meat.

Thousands of Anti-Areva demonstrators in Niger 5,000 demonstrated against French nuclear group Areva that has been mining uranium for over 40 years in this desert zone

South Korea Charges 100 Officials Over Nuclear Reactor Corruption

NB Power seeks to repay Lepreau nuclear bill over 27 years
The hearings, which began just as the trouble-plagued Lepreau reactor shut down for the third time since restarting last year, is considering how NB Power should pay for just over $1 billion in regular costs the utility deferred during its refurbishment from March 2008 to November 2012.


Ontario

If not new nuclear plants, what’s Ontario plan? The Liberal government confirmed Thursday that it has scrapped the proposal to spend more than $10 billion to build two new nuclear reactors at the Darlington power station — a decision that knocks 2,000 planned megawatts out of the power supply. Conservation, water power, and other renewables are much lower cost, greener and have no waste that needs to be isolated from the environment for a million+ years!

Ontario urged to tap into suddenly surplus Quebec hydro Which would you prefer - high cost rebuilt nuclear for the next 40 years at Darlington, or renewable water power from Quebec at a fraction of the cost?

Did Ontario make the right decision on nuclear power? The government has announced that new nuclear will not be part of the province's long-term energy plan. Saving billions by not investing in new nuclear plants is supported by the best available analysis.

Liberals defend $100K Bruce Power fundraiser Premier Kathleen Wynne is defending a controversial $100,000 fundraiser held by privately owned Bruce Power nuclear station for her Liberals, saying, “It takes money to fuel the democratic process.”

Ontario Liberals flying blind on nuclear reactor file 'Apparently the sky is the limit when it comes to the price' –NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on proposed nuclear refurbishments

Tests by nuclear agency show west-end Toronto uranium plant is safe
Zach Ruiter, an anti-nuclear activist calling for the facility to be shut down, questioned the disparity in uranium traces between those found near the railroad tracks and those in the residential neighbourhood. “Considering the discrepancies between the results from the province, GE, and the regulator, these tests are unreliable,” said Ruiter, calling for further study on the facility’s emissions.

Science, hubris and Ontario’s planned Lake Huron nuclear waste dump Can experts really guarantee that a proposed radioactive waste dump near Kincardine will be safe for 100,000 years?

 

Renewables and Conservation

The power of water by OCAA’s Jack Gibbons. Quebec offers us a flexible, low-cost solution on our doorstep. OPG is offering another debt nightmare — just like the ones that have left Ontario ratepayers and taxpayers still paying down a $20 billion debt from past nuclear projects — for inflexible and high cost power from aging nuclear stations. If our Energy minister is smart, he will hop the first train to Montreal and start talking imports.

 

Take Action!

Lower electricity bills by cooperating with Quebec On the Ontario Liberal Party page, vote for and/or comment on my idea to replace new nuclear projects with water power from Quebec.

Premier Kathleen Wynne : Close the Pickering Nuclear Station Please sign my petition.

Conservation, Not Fracked Gas into the GTA If you think greater efficiency beats more pipelines hands down, send a message to Premier Wynne,  Energy Minister Chiarelli and Environment Minister Bradley. Tell them you prefer conservation over fracked gas from the U.S.

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

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is seeking approval to build a nuclear waste dump 1 km from the shores of Lake Huron. This dump puts at risk the fresh water of the GREAT LAKES, relied upon by 40 million people in two countries. Tell Minister Aglukkaq and the Canadian federal government to stand up for the protection of the Great Lakes. Sign the petition

The World Community Must Take Charge at Fukushima The danger of huge radiation releases from Fukushima 4 has taken on a new dimension; the world community must step in! Please sign the petition. Find out more here.

 

Events

Chris Turner – Tracking the German Leap Sat. Nov. 9, 3 pm, Alumni Lounge, Mattamy Athletic Centre, 50 Carlton St. Toronto

Reclaiming the Future: A Feminist Perspective Voice of Women for Peace Annual Conference Nov. 8-10, Toronto

Oss Talk with Zach Ruiter GE-Hitachi's Toronto Uranium Secret Exposed. Tues. Nov. 12, 7 p.m. The Ossington, 61 Ossington, back room (N. of Queen), Toronto. Free.

GE-Hitachi Public Meeting Announced for Dec. 10 and 11 in Toronto. Written submissions and requests to speak must be sent to the CNSC by November 15. Find out more and make sure your voice is heard.



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