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April 5, 2013 – Please pass this onto a friend!


"The members of the nuclear priesthood should no longer be given carte blanche by our governments to pursue their own self-serving agendas without full public scrutiny." – Gordon Edwards, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility


The World

Canada to ship highly enriched uranium (HEU) to Savannah River Site (SRS) High-level radioactive waste is the most dangerous material on earth. It has never been transported in liquid form over Canadian or American roads and bridges. The actual route will be top-secret because the liquid waste contains "weapons-grade" uranium -- the same material that was used as a nuclear explosive in the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. For the same reason, the shipments will be accompanied by heavily armed guards with authority to shoot to kill if need be.

U.S. says radioactive waste shipments safe, nixes full environmental assessment  “High-level radioactive waste is the most dangerous material on earth.  It has never been transported in liquid form over Canadian or American roads and bridges.  Why should it be done for the first time now, without any public consultation or detailed consideration of alternatives?” Gordon Edwards, president of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility

Fukushima: What Did They Know, and When Did They Know It? This presentation by Arnie Gundersen at the New York Symposium on March 11, 2013, is highly recommended viewing for anyone who hopes to get a better understanding of the health and environmental impacts of the Fukushima disaster - exactly two years earlier to the day.

American Babies Born Right After Fukushima Show Elevated Rate of Abnormalities A new study shows elevated rates of congenital thyroid illness among infants born on West Coast right after the meltdown in Japan.

The economics of a US civilian nuclear phase-out by Amory Lovins. Even without events that might accelerate nuclear phase-out, as the Fukushima disaster did in Germany, shifting competitive conditions have begun to drive a gradual US nuclear phase-out.
Quebec imposes moratorium on uranium development No permits for the exploration or mining of uranium in Quebec will be issued until an independent study on the environmental impact and social acceptance of extracting uranium has been completed.

The Association of First nations of Quebec and Labrador strongly objects to the exploration and mining of uranium The AFNQL supports the coalition of more than 300 localities throughout Quebec calling for a moratorium on the exploration and exploitation of uranium.
Nuclear board warns of Hanford tank explosion risk Underground tanks that hold a stew of toxic, radioactive waste at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site pose a possible risk of explosion, a nuclear safety board said. Federal officials have said six underground tanks at the site are leaking into the soil, threatening the groundwater, and technical problems have delayed construction of a plant to treat the waste for long-term safe disposal.
Use of coal power costs $300-million a year in health expenses The use of coal power in Alberta adds $300-million a year to health expenses, a factor that heavily increases coal’s true cost, a new report has found. Coal pollution also leads to nearly 100 premature deaths, 700 emergency-room visits and 80 hospital admissions each year, as well as triggering asthma attacks.


Over Ontario's Nuclear Budget Is a Money Meltdown It's clear -- nuclear energy is a financially irresponsible choice for Ontario. Yet even with billions at stake, the Liberal government continues to refuse an independent review that would analyze the risks and costs of nuclear and to review safer, cheaper and cleaner alternatives. The high price tag of nuclear also creates a disincentive for conservation and efficiency -- we need to sell the energy once it is produced, even if saving a kilowatt is the cheapest and greenest choice. By Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner

How Ontario is putting an end to coal-burning power plants. In a first for North America, Ontario is on the verge of becoming the first industrial region on the continent to eliminate all coal-fired electrical generation. Here’s how Canada’s most populous province did it.

Lennox gas power plant gets $7 million a month for operating at 1.5 per cent capacity Critics both inside and outside the power system often argue it would be cheaper to curb demand on those infrequent peak days than to supply it with expensive, infrequently used plants. “The reality is, that plant is a good example of what can go wrong with long-range planning,” Carr said in an interview. Same could be said for high-cost nuclear.

Upgrading aging Toronto Hydro infrastructure to cost customers $3 a month Against our advice, the Ontario Energy Board approved Toronto Hydro’s plan to build a new transformer station downtown Toronto to import more nuclear power rather than choose less expensive, greener options of meeting downtown Toronto’s electricity needs, such as conservation, solar PV and CHP. Thanks to all of you that sent in letters opposing Toronto Hydro’s project which will increase their profits by $9.7 million per year at the expense of their customers. Win some, lose some.

Renewables and Conservation

Cows Power Trucks  Here at one of the largest dairy farms in the US, electricity generated using an endless supply of manure runs the equipment to milk around 30,000 cows three times a day. But it didn’t need all the methane the cows produced, so the farm is now turning the extra manure into fuel for its delivery trucks.

Take Action!

Friends of Wind Ontario is asking people to send letters to their MPP in support of wind power. Our politicians are hearing from the anti-wind folk – they need to hear from supporters of wind too!
Tell Premier Wynne that Ontario's energy plans need a rapid rethink! You can send a letter here.
The NDP are asking voters for their input. Please send them a message here encouraging them to take leadership in opposition to new nuclear spending. There are many cheaper, cleaner and greener options to meeting all our electricity needs, yet Andrea remains silent on the Darlington rebuild. Ask her to speak up.
Click here to sign the petition demanding the federal government eliminate the Nuclear Liability Act and hold the nuclear industry accountable by removing the cap on liability for both operators and suppliers.
Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Please add your voice to the growing list of people opposing OPG’s plan to bury nuclear waste on the shores of Lake Huron.
Stop the plan to release radioactive metal into recycled products and landfills Sign the petition. Say no to radioactive waste being dumped into our consumer products. What madness.

Sign the Petition asking the CNSC to review GE-Hitachi’s operating license at the uranium processing facility in Toronto. Please print it out (landscape) and get your friends/neighbours to sign on.  

Angela Bischoff
Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
160 John Street, Suite 300, Toronto, Ont. M5V 2E5
Phone 416-260-2080 ext. 1
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