No Nukes News

Sept. 2, 2016

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The World

Compete or suckle: Should troubled nuclear reactors be subsidized? Since the 1950s, nuclear power has commanded immense taxpayer and customer subsidies based on promises of economic and environmental benefits. More subsidies follow.

New study suggests pro-nuclear countries are making much slower progress on climate targets By suppressing better ways to meet climate goals, evidence suggests entrenched commitments to nuclear power may actually be counterproductive.

Smuggled Fukushima seafood seized in China Qingdao customs of east China's Shandong province that officers seized a gang that had smuggled more than 5,000 tonnes of sea food worth 230 million yuan ($34.7 million USD), with some product said to be from Japan's radiation-affected Fukushima.

The Fukushima Shock – by Minister Stéphane Dion Fukushima is here to testify to the damage an overly reckless humankind can inflict on itself. (Unfortunately he doesn’t make the connection with Canadian or American reactors, or that Japan's reactors were of American design.)

Years after mining stops, uranium's legacy lingers on Native land Some 15,000 abandoned uranium mines with uranium contamination pocket 14 Western US states. This left a legacy of dirty water, leftover toxic waste and health problems such as lung cancer and developmental delays for children in many Western tribes.

US Nuclear waste accident 2 years ago may cost more than $2 billion to clean up An explosion that occurred at a New Mexico nuclear waste dumping facility in 2014 could cost upwards of $2 billion to clean up. This is the same nuke waste dump that Ontario modelled to bury our nuke waste along the shore of Lake Huron (Kincardine).

Environment Minister Responds To Concerns About Planned Kincardine Nuclear Burial Site The government will waste trillions of taxpayer dollars building two nuclear waste repositories when the low level waste should be combined with the spent fuel in one underground site.

Suit seeks to block nuclear waste being trucked from Ontario through US “We’ve been calling the solid shipments of nuclear waste ‘Mobile Chernobyls’ for 20 years. These liquid shipments have never been done before in (Canada or) the U.S., and we’re very concerned about crashes, fires and terrorist attacks. They’re mobile Chernobyls on steroids. They’ve taken waste transport to another level of risk.” Nuclear waste could be trucked through Niagara.

Nuclear security: UK’s Government pouring millions into securing power plants from potential terror attacks The terror cell responsible for the recent Paris and Brussels attacks were thought to be planning a strike on a nuclear power station.

Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant is "not essential" for the UK to meet its energy and climate change targets, according to a think tank
The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) also said opting for "established" approaches instead would save bill payers £1bn a year in total.

Canada turns back on UN plan to ban nuclear arms Op ed by Douglas Roche. In an amazing diplomatic volte-face, the Canadian government last week in Geneva voted against starting, in 2017, negotiations to ban nuclear weapons. The government turned its back on an important nuclear disarmament initiative and sided with the nuclear weapons states that want to keep and modernize their nuclear arsenals for the rest of the 21st century.

 

Ontario

Focus on Cornwall, ON Electric Rates Cornwall ON is negotiating a long-term electricity deal with Quebec to give their residents much lower rates then the rest of ON gets. Ontario should do likewise, import QC's excess water power rather than rebuild our aging nuclear fleet.
 
WMDs in the west end of Toronto? After failed community attempts to shut it down, GE's uranium pellet plant on Lansdowne, Toronto has just been bought by U.S.-based nuclear weapons manufacturer BWX Technologies.

 

Renewables and Conservation

Ontario Solar Out-Produces B.C.’s Planned Site C Dam The 2,400 megawatts of electricity generated by solar arrays on the Ontario grid is more than twice what BC Hydro will receive from its much-criticized, $8-billion Site C hydroelectric dam on the Peace River. And ON's solar will create 5000 jobs.

Solar Sold in Chile at Lowest Ever, Half Price of CoalFirst Dubai, and now Chile is buying solar at 3 cents/kwh. That's half the price of coal, and a fraction of the price of ON's nuclear rebuilds.

The Power of Community How community-owned renewable energy can help ON create a powerful economic advantage – economic gain, more jobs, increased grid resiliency and reliability, and high public support.

 

Take Action!

Urge Canada to Lead on the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons - Petition or write your own letter to PM Trudeau (no postage required) urging him to excercise international leadership for nuclear disarmament. Send to: 80 Wellington St, Ottawa, ON, Canada  K1A 0A2

Montreal Declaration for a Nuclear-Fission-Free World We invite all people, groups and organizations involved in the effort for a world without nuclear fission and uranium mining, to commit themselves to this effort. To endorse the declaration, send name, city, country and email address to: ccnr@web.ca

Can you spare a few hours to help me leaflet blitz Scarborough, Pickering or Ajax? Help us make the closure of the Pickering nuclear station a public issue. Contact: angela@cleanairalliance.org

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

Please contact Ontario’s new Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault and ask him to invest in conservation rather than re-building the Darlington and Bruce Nuclear Stations. 

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. And also send a letter to Minister McKenna urging her to reject OPG's nuclear waste burial scheme  catherine.mckenna@parl.gc.ca

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

Green Energy Doors Open Sept. 9,10,11. Showcase of more than 150 sustainable energy projects throughout Ontario.

Great Lakes Public Forum Oct. 4 – 6, Allstream Centre, Toronto 



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