No Nukes News

September 20, 2013 – Please pass this onto a friend!

“If things go south in a hurry, where do our people go? We do not have the luxury of picking up and leaving.” Chief Randall Kahgee of the Saugeen Ojibway Nations speaking of OPG's proposal to bury nuclear waste under Lake Huron

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

The World

Blow to Abenomics as Japan shuts last nuclear reactor  Mr Abe had planned to restart reactors in western Japan where earthquake risks are lower, once each has been cleared by the new regulator, but the Fukushima saga has become a national scandal, with polls showing 84 percent of Japanese voters now want to phase out nuclear power or halt it entirely. The government has been forced to intervene since it became clear that Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) had no coherent plan to cope with toxic waste. A company official admitted over the weekend that the crisis is “not under control”.

Japan's Nuclear Migraine: A Never-Ending Disaster at Fukushima  Japan is stumbling helplessly from one crisis to the next as it battles the ongoing disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. US nuclear inspector Dale Klein is demanding the intervention of foreign experts, but a quick solution is unlikely.

Typhoon hits Japan as Fukushima operator releases water into sea  It was unknown how much water was released to sea under the "emergency measure," Koshimizu said.  

Endless Fukushima catastrophe: Many generations’ health at stake  by Dr. Helen Caldicott
 
Discussing the ongoing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster  1 hour audio interview with Arnie Gundersen who has 40-years of nuclear power engineering experience.

Nuclear is dying due to poor economics, and the debate is already over as far as the market is concerned

Substance abuse on the rise at U.S. nuclear plants
   The growing incidence of drug and alcohol violations is disturbing because major nuclear accidents such as the one at Three Mile Island were in part the result of operator error.

Ontario

Nuclear waste: Hearings raising lots of new questions Great overview on the nuclear waste hearings happening in Kincardine, ON

Deep-set differences split Ontario Power Generation and opponents of the proposed nuclear waste site near Lake Huron Opponents’ predominant concern is that nuclear waste has never been successfully disposed of. Proposals to dispose nuclear waste at the Asse Mine in Germany and Yucca Mountain in the U.S. have been embarrassing and costly failures. We have no experience to determine what might go wrong. There are many risks in transportation and storage plus questions about the limestone’s stability if it is affected by construction of the caverns, or even targeted by terrorists.

Planned Ontario nuclear waste dump hits heavy weather It won’t be just irradiated mops that are buried in Ontario Power Generation’s proposed Lake Huron nuclear waste dump.

Kincardine nuclear waste site debate heats up “Burying radioactive nuclear waste beside 21 per cent of the world's surface fresh water supply defies common sense,” its brief to the panel says. “Any risk of radioactive nuclear waste contaminating the Great Lakes is too great a risk to take and need not be taken.”

Securing approval for nuclear waste site won’t be ‘quick or easy process’: First Nations OPG wants to entomb low and intermediate level radioactive waste from all its nuclear stations in storage chambers carved into a limestone formation 680 metres deep. It will be on the site of the Bruce nuclear power station, with the main access shaft 1.2 kilometres from the shore of the lake. First Nations communities near Ontario Power Generation’s proposed nuclear waste disposal facility won’t be rushed into supporting the project, a federal hearing has been told.

OPG unclear about nature of radioactive waste Environmental law association says OPG has not ruled out storing decommissioning waste also at proposed Lake Huron disposal site. Decommissioning waste includes reactor cores – though not the fuel they once contained. Some of the material is highly irradiated, and would remain so for tens of thousands of years.

Request for Ruling Signed by 27 public interest intervenors in the Kincardine nuclear waste hearing, the request is that the Panel rule that OPG has to come clean on their plan to add decommissioning wastes to the repository AFTER it's approved.

A critique of OPG’s evidence supporting the proposal says that the analysis embodied in the environmental impact statement is “not credible,” “not defensible,” and “not reliable.” The critique was commissioned by the review panel itself.
 
Nuclear Safety Commission agrees to NDP request for meeting on GE-Hitachi facility in Toronto Toronto residents will have their say on the GE-Hitachi nuclear fuel production facility at 1025 Lansdowne Ave at Dupont St., Toronto
 

Renewables and Conservation

Renewable is Doable The evidence presented in this report shows that putting conservation first, and supplementing it with a diversified portfolio of green energy sources, can be more cost-effective for the province than renewed investment in nuclear stations

Four Charts That Prove the Future of Clean Energy Is Arriving

Wind turbine syndrome: farm hosts tell very different story

 

Take Action!

Please send Ontario Minister Chiarelli a quick note here thanking him for moving forward with a commitment to putting conservation and efficiency first.

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.

Don’t Nuke Green Energy: Tell Premier Wynne to shut down Pickering reactors by sending her a letter here. A Greenpeace Canada initiative.

Help stop dangerous LIQUID high-level radioactive waste transports from Canada!

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

If you think the work of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance is super exceptional – we're behind ON's coal phase-out after all, and now we're taking on the nuclear industry in Ontario – please vote for us in NOW's Best of Toronto here. And Angela (that’s me!) has been nominated as best enviro. Vote here. Thank you!

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.
 
From Fukushima to Ontario – understanding the current nuclear crisis Sat. Sept. 21, 7 - 9 p.m., The Supermarket (backroom) in Kensington Market, 268 Augusta, Toronto. $5. What's the latest with Fukushima - are the leaking water tanks and precarious waste pools a serious issue? And should we be concerned about nuclear waste burial under Lake Huron at the Bruce nuclear station, as is being proposed? What are the province's plans for extending Pickering and expanding Darlington, and what are the alternatives? With speakers: Kevin Kamps, Don Hancock, Shawn-Patrick Stensil, musicians and more.
 
Burying Nuclear Waste: International Experiences & Perspectives Sunday, Sept. 22, 4 pm, Ripley, ON; Monday, Sept. 23, 7:30 pm, Goderich, ON
 
Ontario Energy Drinks – your sustainable energy mixer Wed. Sept. 25, 5:30 p.m. onward, Overdraught Pub, 156 Front St, Toronto
 
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



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