No Nukes News

April 7, 2017




The World

Westinghouse: Origins and Effects of the Downfall of a Nuclear Giant On March 29, 2017, Westinghouse Electric Company, a subsidiary of Japanese company Toshiba and the largest historic builder of nuclear power plants in the world, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The bankruptcy move casts a shadow over world nuclear industry. Furthermore, It Leaves a Costly Nuclear Mess and shows that The global nuclear-power industry is beset with problems. It just can’t compete with inexpensive wind farms and solar plants.

"It's a Cover-Up, Not a Clean-Up": Nuclear Waste Smolders in Sites Across the US Since 1989, the Department of Energy (DOE) has spent over $164 billion disposing of nuclear waste and contamination. And yet between 2011 and 2016, the DOE's nuke waste environmental liability grew by roughly $94 billion.

The Age of Nuclear Waste: From Fukushima to Indian Point A 117 page slideshow by Dr. Gordon Edwards, prepared for the Fukushima Anniversary March 11 2017

Real cost of Fukushima disaster will reach $626 billion, or triple government’s estimate And costs related disposing the radioactive soil and other waste are not included in this.

Nuclear Weapons Ban Brief Updates on the UN negotiations for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. A transformational moment in nuclear and international affairs – the first ever such negotiation relating to the global elimination of nuclear arms. What’s driving world back to MAD old days of nuclear weapons? A World Bank study estimated that if governments cut their spending on nuclear weapons by half and used the money on poverty alleviation, it would have been possible to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goal of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger.

Why Malawi’s case against the Tanzanian 8 is a travesty of justice For visiting a uranium mine, the 8 have been accused of are trespassing, spying and working as foreign agents.

 

Ontario

Looking to lower Ontario power rates? Start with closing Pickering, where $550 million will be wastefully spent

Giant Radioactive Waste Dump on the Ottawa River: New revelations alarm citizens’ groups
Long-lived radioactive wastes would be hazardous long after plastic liners had deteriorated and leachate collection and treatment had ceased, and would spread into surrounding wetlands, lakes and waterways. Inhaling or ingesting plutonium or other radionuclides (e.g., in dust from the waste dump or runoff into the river) would increase risks of cancers of the lung, bones, blood and liver for millions of years.

OCAA squares off with OPG over costs of water power from QC vs. Pickering nuclear

Sunshine List reveals Ontario's public sector salaries
Annual list names all provincial, municipal and education workers earning $100K or more. Top earner in the province is the CEO of Ontario Power Generation at $1.5 million, though the province has cleared him for a raise to $3.8 mill. Almost 8000 OPG and Hydro One workers are on the list. Check it here.

Green energy is not to blame for high electricity bills – nuclear is As far as electricity production is concerned, nuclear is the largest cost. The legacy of cost over-runs for construction of nuclear plants and now their refurbishment are the main culprits.

Greener electricity plans out there we can tap into The Green Party of ON is committed canning expensive nuclear refurbishments or life-extensions at existing nuke stations, and replacing them with water power from Quebec, conservation and made-in-ON green energy.

 

Renewables and Conservation

Canadian study: transition to renewables 'irreversible.' Globally, 6.7 million people are employed in renewables. Adopting policies that speed up what is already happening—for instance, pushing for 100% renewables by 2040/50—ought to be at the top of the progressive agenda.

6 Charts That Show Trump Isn’t Stopping the Renewable Energy Revolution Any Time Soon

Clean power worldwide has doubled in 10 years
reflecting the unprecedented adoption of solar, wind, hydro and other emissions-free power by the world’s largest economies.

 

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 send the petition to all 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

Green Living Show April 7 – 9, Toronto Convention Centre
 
Hydro Rates, Nuclear Debt and the Climate Crisis Enviro Café with Angela Bischoff, Ontario Clean Air Alliance. Tues. April 11, 7:30 p.m. Minden United Church, 21 Newcastle St. Minden. Hosted by Environment Haliburton

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. Organized by TREC Education. Free.

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



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