No Nukes News

April 6, 2016



Close the old and dangerous Pickering Nuclear Station – Please Sign the Petition to Close Pickering when its licence expires in 2018 rather than extend its life until 2024 which is the government's plan.



The World

Belgium Fears Nuclear Plants Are Vulnerable to Terrorism NY Times

Nuclear Power Plants: Pre-Deployed WMDs All 438 nuclear power plants around the world today could—and should—close now. The insignificant amount of electricity they generate—but 10 percent of total electric use—can be provided by other sources.

It's time to talk about Belgium’s nuclear problem As world leaders discuss nuclear security in Washington, let there be no doubt that the safest response they can make on nuclear power is to leave uranium in the ground. Responsible governments must refuse any extensions to the life of existing nuclear power plants and accelerate plans for their phase out. Leaders must also fast track safe renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power.

Activists want Canada to push for nuclear free weapons world Anti-nuclear campaigners who want Canada to push for a global ban on nuclear weapons are concerned that Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion is showing a definite lack of enthusiasm for that goal. "It is still early in the Liberal government and it may still be formulating its stand on nuclear abolition. So far, however, there has been little change from the Conservative government concerning Canada's core positions in this regard."

Look At The Millions Of Bags Of Radioactive Dirt That Japan Has No Plan For Five years after the meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Japan still faces another four decades or more of cleanup. One of many problems is what to do with the massive amount of contaminated soil from the site—which is now in a growing pile of bags stacked on former farms in Fukushima.

Plutonium from Japan to be disposed of underground in New Mexico The materials recently transferred from Japan are only the tip of the iceberg. Currently, Japanese utilities possess over 47 metric tons of separated plutonium, which is equivalent to about 6,000 nuclear bombs.

Security risks: producing & shipping nuclear explosive materials 4 min. CTN news interview. Dr. Gordon Edwards touches on the security dangers of (1) weapons-grade uranium at Chalk River, (2) 100-150 truckloads of liquid radioactive waste along Canadian roads, and (3) Japan's plans to produce up to 8000 kilos of plutonium per year after 2018, while praising (4) Obama's four nuclear security summits, for helping the world to focus on eliminating nuclear weapons materials. 

Bernie Sanders Calls For Shutting Down New York Nuke Plant "I am very concerned that the Indian Power nuclear power reactor is more than ever before a catastrophe waiting to happen. In my view, we cannot sit idly by and hope that the unthinkable will never happen. We must take action to shut this plant down in a safe and responsible way. It makes no sense to me to continue to operate a decaying nuclear reactor within 25 miles of New York City where nearly 10 million people live." We need a courageous Ontario political leader to call for the closure of Pickering when its license expires and object to the rebuilding of 10 reactors at Darlington and Bruce.

 

Ontario

Shuttering Pickering = jobs, savings and safety Closing the Pickering Nuclear Station when its license expires in 2018 and getting to work on dismantling the plant immediately will be safer, create more jobs between now and 2030, and save hundreds of millions of dollars.

Cdn Officials are looking for a new home in ON for 2.6 million highly radioactive fuel rods from nuclear plants ”It’s a potential health risk for a very long time, we say indefinitely . . . It takes probably about one million years before the uranium in the fuel bundles has the same level of radiation as the uranium in the ground.” Spokesperson for the Nuclear Waste Management Organization

Nuclear Hope – A documentary about the deepest and darkest places on earth What will Canada do with its enormous stockpile of deadly radioactive waste? Currently, many small communities throughout Ontario are considering burying it underneath their boarders and close to Lake Huron and Lake Superior. When local residents learn about this plan, it sets off a firestorm between those who fear the risks and those who embrace the opportunity. Watch the film here.

In Ontario, the Wild West of fundraising, Liberal cabinet ministers are assigned secret targets as high as $500,000 a year Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli is among the most reliable fundraisers, in the range of $250,000 to $300,000 a year, tasked with tapping into the massive nuclear and electricity sectors that have billions of dollars in annual cash flow. In 2014 he raised $100,000 (with Wynne) at a fundraiser organized by the nuclear industry. No wonder some call him the Minister of Nuclear Energy.

 

Renewables and Conservation

Solar industry says 70,000 jobs knocking on Alberta's door Renwewable energy means jobs - lots of them. Credit is given to then politician and environmentalist Tooker Gomberg who pushed Edmonton’s electric utility to introduce some solar projects into its portfolio.

Major milestones reached on renewable energy investments, UN reports Coal and gas-fired electricity generation last year drew less than half the record investment made in solar, wind and other renewables capacity. And for the first time in 2015, investments in renewables were higher in developing countries than developed.

Bürger power (Citizen Energy Berlin) The group wants to both green the grid and democratize it – returning the power, quite literally, to the people, transforming the municipal grid into a citizen-led co-op

 

Take Action!

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.

No nuclear waste near the Great Lakes' shores Send your letter now to Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change. Or send emails to Justin.Trudeau@parl.gc.ca & Catherine.McKenna@parl.gc.ca

Let's build stronger ties between Ontario and Quebec Send your letter here asking Federal Ministers Morneau and Sohi to support electricity transmission system upgrades that will permit increased electricity trade between Ontario and Quebec.

Stop the Next Chernobyl – in Belgium Please sign the petition to shut down 2 ancient nuclear plants.

Tell Premier Wynne to protect all Ontarians The Ontario government is giving iodine pills to anyone living within 10km of a nuclear power plant -- but studies show that anyone living within 50km is at risk in a nuclear emergency.

Download your anti-thyroid cancer posters here to post in your office, school, or local cafe

 

Events

Global Day Against Military Spending Monday April 11, noon - 1 p.m. Dundas Square, Toronto. Worldwide military spending exceeds $1.75 Trillion. The Canadian Government spends over $23 billion on military spending. The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) is calling on the Government of Canada to substantially reduce military expenditures and re-allocate them to urgent social and environmental needs.

Tracking the Global Energy Revolution 2016 - A Year for the Record Books Webinar Thur. April 14, 2 – 3 p.m. Eastern time

Green Living Show April 15-17, Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The Green Living Show is Canada's largest consumer show dedicated to simple solutions for leading a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

Off-grid house tour  Sun. Apr. 24, 2 – 5 p.m., Hockley Valley/Toronto, ON  You are invited to visit the Ketchum's off-grid house. The house, built 19 years ago, is set into a hillside preventing it from freezing when unoccupied in winter. It generates its own power from photo-voltaic panels and a small wind turbine. It has a year-round indoor garden, a masonry wood-fired heater, two composting toilets and more. For more info, anthonyketchum37@gmail.com and 416 487 2795.

Half-Life in Fukushima
Hot Docs film screening May 2, 4 and 8, Toronto



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