No Nukes News

April 28, 2017

 

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, 31 years ago (4/26/1986), dispersed large amounts of radionuclides into the surrounding environment and far beyond. It is still and will always be a dead zone. The research of Dr. Yablokov reflects 985,000 premature deaths as a result of the radioactivity released.



The World

Chernobyl Heart Watch the documentary film about the effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster on the health of children in the area.



Anomalies in wildlife and the ecosystem around Chernobyl and Fukushima The research of Dr. Timothy Mousseau and his team found that animals and microbes living in these contaminated areas are failing to thrive. Organic matter in forests around Chernobyl are taking years or even decades longer than normal to decay. There are reduced population sizes and genetic abnormalities among birds, bees, butterflies, grasshoppers, dragonflies, spiders, and mammals in highly radioactive parts of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Birds are showing an increase in sterility, albinism and cataracts, with abnormal sperm in barn swallows up to 10 times higher for Chernobyl birds as compared to sperm from males living in control areas. 16 min. video presentation. Here’s another.

Chernobyl: 31 Years Lots of links here to dig deeper.

Lifeline for Nuclear Plants Is Threatening Wind and Solar Power The push to save US (and Ontario) aging nukes with massive subsidies and bailouts leaves little space and $ for wind and solar

The next French president’s nuclear problemFrance’s next president is in for a big nuclear headache. He or she will have to figure out how to either extend the life of or shut down 58 reactors fast approaching retirement age and keep the country’s energy supply flowing at the same time. The financial stress has become so harsh that it is virtually impossible to imagine maintaining a nuclear fleet of 58 reactors.

How will federal gov’ts protect nuclear safety in an anti-regulatory climate? 

 

Ontario

Electrifying ideas on how to make progress Let’s have a mature conversation about how to maximize our savings through efficiency, through sourcing cheap and renewable electricity (including wind, solar and water power from Quebec), and put aside the myths and partisan attacks

The federal government wants to know so much more about a proposed nuclear waste site near Lake Huron, it seems it will never get the OK The Kincardine DGR (deep underground dump) is on hold pending more info from OPG.

“Strike Two” Against Canadian Radioactive Waste Dumpsite Proposal on Lake Huron at Kincardin, Ontario

Iroquois Caucus, Anishinabek Nation issue Declaration, send letter to Trudeau regarding Radioactive Liquid Shipments from Chalk River The Chiefs and Grand Chiefs have articulated their firm and unequivocal opposition to the planned shipments of highly radioactive liquid from Chalk River to South Carolina, insisting that such liquid be down-blended and solidified on-site at Chalk River. They have also declared their grave concern over the alarming initiatives by the Canadian nuclear establishment to obtain prompt government approval for the eventual abandonment of long-lived radioactive wastes beside major water bodies: 1. close to the shores of Lake Huron (the Kincardine Deep Underground Dump); 2. a short distance from Lake Ontario (the proposed nuclear waste mound at Port Hope, Ontario); and 3. within one kilometre of the Ottawa River (the mega-dump now proposed for Chalk River, Ontario).

 

Renewables and Conservation

Despite Its Oil-Industry Past, Energy Transitions Commission Foresees 98%-Renewables in 20 years

Meet the First Nation Above the Arctic Circle That Just Went Solar

Great Lakes Water Charter Declaration and Toolkit
With a revitalized vision for Great Lakes governance, a diverse team of water protectors spent 2 years co-creating this resource.

 

Take Action!

Sign the petition to Prime Minister of Japan to demand the government provides fair compensation, housing support, and is fully transparent about the radiation risks from Fukushima

No Olympics or Paralympics in Radioactive Fukushima Petition.

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. And then share it with your friends.

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

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

People's Climate March Sat. April 29, noon - 2 p.m. Allan Gardens, Toronto

Chernobyl Anniversary: Film screening and discussion
Sun. April 30, 7 p.m., Friends House, Toronto. Screening of Atomic States of America

Kids’ World of Energy Festival Sat. May 6, Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto. This family-focused festival will include kids’ activities, games and demonstrations focused on energy.

Ontario Climate Consortium presents Just Transformations May 11-12, York University

Meet Me on the Beach: on Mother’s Day, protect the children Sat. May 13, 2 p.m., Pickering Beach (S. end of Liverpool Rd). Join us to send a message to Premier Kathleen Wynne and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, calling on them to protect our children from the dangers of the Pickering Nuclear Station by shutting it down in 2018. Supplies provided.

Prayer Paddle for Patterson Lake June 10-14. Gathering in Northern Saskatchewan to prevent Patterson Lake from becoming another radioactive toxic sacrifice zone.

3rd Antinuclear World Social Forum Nov. 2 – 4, 2017 at Paris, France. Call for proposals.



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