No Nukes News

Oct. 4, 2013 –   Please pass this onto a friend!



Quebec imports can save us $1 billion per year Importing clean hydro power from Quebec is a much cheaper way to meet our electricity needs than re-building the Darlington Nuclear Plant. Read our 2 page report, and then on the Ontario Liberal Party's Ideas page, vote for and/or comment on my idea to replace new nuclear projects with water power from Quebec. (you must register to participate, but it only takes a minute) Thank you!

The World

“There is nothing more costly than nuclear power. Japan should achieve zero nuclear plants and aim for a more sustainable society.” Mr. Koizumi, Former Japanese Prime Minister

Water 6,700 times more radioactive than legal limit spills from Fukushima Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has suffered yet another leak, spilling out 430 liters of contaminated water thousands of times more radioactive than legal limits, its operator said Thursday.

Frozen soil wall at Fukushima plant riddled with uncertainties So it'll cost half a billion $, and that doesn't include operating or maintenance costs - yowza. And it won't be ready till March 2015? What of the 300 tonnes that are leaking into the ocean daily until then?
 
A Letter to All Young Athletes Who Dream of Coming to Tokyo in 2020 Some Facts You Should Know About Fukushima

Fish data belie Japan's claims on Fukushima
About 800 people worldwide will get cancer from radiation due to Fukushima in fish eaten to date, according to Georgia Straight calculations. The Straight results relied on a widely used cancer-risk formula developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as radiation levels in 33,000 fish tested by the Japanese Fisheries Agency.

Inside Fukushima's exclusion zone, a farmer sheltered over 500 abandoned animals

Slideshow: Broken lives of Fukushima
The earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011 crippled the Fukushima nuclear power plant, forcing some 300,000 people to evacuate their homes. Two and a half years later photographer Damir Sagolj toured the exclusion zone, encountering a scene he likened to "a silent horror movie.

Radioactive uranium mines should not be expanded Why is Cameco, Canadian uranium mining company, allowed to pollute? Government and company records contain reports of releases of radioactive uranium over 1000% of the allowable limits, cadmium levels over 5000% and radium increases of 3000%.

Detention Without Physical Examination of Products from Japan Due to Radionuclide Contamination Check out the recent (September 9) Food Import Alert from the US Food and Drug Administration regarding radioactively contaminated foodstuffs from Fukushima area. Included in the import alert are fish, meat, fruit, vegetables, coffee, tea, rice and dairy from 13 prefectures (provinces)

Wave of jellyfish shuts down Swedish nuclear reactor Expected to become a more common occurrence.

Former Japanese Leader Declares Opposition to Nuclear Power
As a pro-growth prime minister from 2001 to 2006, Mr. Koizumi had backed the business lobby by calling for Japan to become “a nation built on nuclear power,” calling it cheap and clean, and sided with the Tokyo Electric Power Company in deciding to end tax-supported subsidies for solar panels. But he said in Tuesday’s speech that he had reversed his stance after the nuclear accident at Tepco’s Fukushima complex two and a half years ago, which left at least 83,000 people homeless and forced a multibillion-dollar cleanup that has been riddled with mistakes and accidents.

Virtual tour of Fukushima Arnie Gundersen highlights the many problems facing Japan as he takes you on a 20 min. tour of the Fukushima Daiichi site by combining satellite video, animated graphics and photos to create a comprehensive and easy to follow video tour.

 

Ontario

Pickering nuclear project a $2 billion-dollar question Squeezing another five years of life out of the Pickering nuclear station could turn into a $1.3 billion benefit -- or a $760 million loss. “The Pickering reactors are already some of the most expensive reactors in North America to operate. Continuing to run them as electricity demand drops is like dumping more money down a giant hole,” Stensil said.

Impartiality of federal panel reviewing nuclear-waste plan under scrutiny The federal panel that is reviewing a controversial plan to bury nuclear waste on the shores of Lake Huron is facing a challenge to its own impartiality over concerns that Ottawa’s top nuclear regulator essentially endorsed the project at a meeting with its promoters.

Canada’s Proposed Radioactive Waste Dump Next to Lake Huron: Nuclear Dumb and Dumber The sad mistake here is that so many catastrophic government actions can move ahead toward approval because the general public is keeping too quiet, or “playing dumb.”

Deep Geological Repository opponents getting leg up at hearings, Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley says “If you were scoring this as a prize fight, the people opposed are way ahead at getting on the record the geological concerns, the process concerns and now the integrity of the panel concerns,” he said.

 

Renewables and Conservation

7 Reasons Why The Solar Revolution Took Off Solar is up 700% since 2001. Fossil fuels and nuclear barely even register.

Could Renewable Energy Save Utilities Billions? Incorporating high levels of wind and solar power into the Western Interconnection grid, which includes 13 U.S. states and some parts of Canada and Mexico, could ultimately save utilities billions of dollars per year in fuel costs and reduce carbon emissions by one-third, finds a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Ikea to sell residential solar panels in Britain 7-year payback – that’s free energy in 7 years!

PowEARTHful Energy North America's Clean Geothermal Power and Heat Campaign

Join Sustainability Ontario Community Energy Co-operative, Toronto's newest renewable energy co-op. Be part of the solar revolution!

 

Take Action!

Premier Kathleen Wynne : Close the Pickering Nuclear Station Please sign the petition. Also watch Chex TV Channel 12 Durham news’ story on the issue.

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.

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

Keep them honest at CNN Please sign our petition to request that air time is provided at the time of the broadcast of Pandora’s Promise for a factual representation of the many dangers of nuclear power

 

Events

Public Hearing on Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste Dump September 16 through October 12, Kincardine and Port Elgin, ON. These hearings will determine the future of having radioactive waste permanently buried in Kincardine, next to Lake Huron. Watch the live webcast here. See the schedule here. Watch previous presentations or read transcripts here.  You can watch my presentation here where I focus on HOSS as a safer and lower cost alternative to burial. 
 
Green Energy Doors Open Sat. Oct. 5, all around Ontario. The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association’s annual, single-day showcase of the province-wide green energy economy. Register as a host today.
 
Climb the Turbine Fundraiser for Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative, Oct. 5 – 8, Toronto’s Wind Turbine
 
The Decline of Nuclear Power With Mycle Schneider, lead author of the World Nuclear Industry Report. Tues. Oct. 8, 7 p.m. 61 Ossington, Toronto. Mycle Schneider is an independent international consultant on energy and nuclear policy based in Paris. Free.



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