No Nukes News

December 18, 2009


"There is no credible firewall between the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and the development of nuclear weapons."

- Jayantha Dhanapala, President of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs

Canada puts its nuclear pride on the block

Under weight of record deficit, Tories seek bids on AECL's reactor wing.

AECL hasn't sold a new reactor in years and its maintenance costs are spiking. In each of the last two years, Ottawa was forced to spend hundreds of millions in extra funding on AECL to cover costs that were not forecast in its main spending estimates.

The Saskatchewan government announced yesterday that it will not get into the nuclear business until at least 2020. The Alberta government also said this week that it won't pump any money into nuclear projects. And last June, the Ontario government put its plans to build new reactors on hold indefinitely, citing concerns about pricing and uncertainty about AECL's future.

"The nuclear renaissance is dead on arrival," said Shawn-Patrick Stensil, an anti-nuclear campaigner with Greenpeace who welcomed news of the sale.

Canada to Sell Reactor Unit of Energy Firm

New York Times

The operation emerged from Canada’s participation in the Manhattan Project of World War II but ultimately proved to be one of the government’s longest-running financial drains.

Ottawa seeks bidders for Candu business

Without public subsidies, "it is extremely unlikely that private-sector developers will be willing or able to take on the construction, power price and operational risks of new nuclear stations," bank giant Citigroup reported last month.  

Nuclear Energy - Answer to Global Warming or Status Symbol?

Does the relatively cheap electricity and low carbon footprint justify construction costs, radioactive waste and proliferation dangers?

Nuclear waste: Canada asks its towns if they'll give it a home

Canada's volunteer approach to finding a place to store spent nuclear waste, which is radioactive for 10,000 years, contrasts the US.

If they were to take out a classified ad, it would read something like this: "Wanted: safe, willing home for 40,000 metric tons of nuclear waste. Must be Canadian. Phone for details."

Saskatchewan says no to nuclear power — for now

"We carefully evaluated the company's initial plans — however, uncertainty around long-term costs to consumers remains a lingering concern," provincial Energy and Resources Minister Bill Boyd said in a news release.

Several provinces, including British Columbia, Manitoba and Nova Scotia, have banned nuclear power plants.

Economic risks of nuclear power plants

The 25-year-old reactor at Point Lepreau, NB is in the midst of a troubled $1.4 billion refurbishment. The plant was to open in September at a cost of $1 billion, plus $400million in replacement power. But delays, cost overruns, and technical issues have pushed that to 2011, forcing the province to spend an extra$400 million on alternate power and spurring calls to abandon the plant.

The problems with Atomic Energy of Canada's refurbishment of the plant have raised questions here about the soundness of large nuclear power plant investments.

Nuclear power protested from Copenhagen to Washington

The nuclear power industry's efforts to promote new reactors as a solution to climate change is inspiring creative protests by environmentalists.

Nuclear Energy: The answer to Climate Change or a recipe for weapons proliferation?

by Dr Herman Scheer

Censored News Special Edition: Indigenous at Climate Summit Copenhagen

The Legacy of Nuclear Energy, Nuclear and Chemical Weapons Upon US Indigenous & Communities of Color

Alberta won't fund nuclear power, Energy Minister says

Alberta is open to the nuclear power generation business, but it will not pump one penny into any project that is brought forward, the government says.

"I think nuclear in Alberta is dead in the water if the government keeps their promise on that," said Shawn-Patrick Stensil of Greenpeace Canada.


Just say no to nuclear

Editorial, Calgary Herald, Dec. 13 

The public generally opposes nuclear, especially residents who live anywhere near a potential reactor. Energy Minister Mel Knight should respond by saying no to nuclear.


Nuclear option risky business 

Governments, including Alberta's, would be stuck paying for the storage of radioactive waste "for perpetuity," he adds. Edwards notes private insurers are chronically loathe to underwrite nuclear plants; "Wall Street ... wants taxpayers to be the risk-taker." And the industry is alone, he says, in having legislation drafted to drastically limit its liability in case of catastrophe.

Removal of Peace River-area anti-nuke signs sets off atomic rage from residents  

What's price for Lepreau?

Critics of NB Power sale say nuclear facility unknowns make deal hard to judge

Protesters seek debate on uranium mining

Health and safety concerns prompt push for referendum in Quebec, where exploration has spiked since 2004


Sept-Iles residents want Quebec to halt uranium mining

Sept-Iles residents continue to pressure Quebec to slap a moratorium on uranium exploration in the province, despite the government's promise to open a debate on health and safety concerns surrounding the industry.  

Environment Canada hit by 'damn clever' climate stunt

Canada is red-faced at the Copenhagen climate-change conference as a result of a spoof news release purporting to be from Environment Canada announcing Canada was bringing in bold new emissions reduction targets.

The authentic-looking release, which was announced on a fake Jim Prentice Twitter account, caught many observers off guard and a fake story about it landed on a fake Wall Street Journal website - all an elaborate ruse to embarrass Canada, which is being considered the "dirty-old man" of the conference for its intransigence on negotiating better targets.

Helen Caldicott denounces nuclear power and nuclear weapons at COP 15 rally

Video plus text:

Nuclear Power: No Solution to Climate Change

French Nuclear Power Struggles in a Cold Snap

RTE, the state-controlled electricity distribution network, is warning of possible blackouts in some regions because of unseasonably cold temperatures. “The electrical system is strained,” the group said in a release on Dec. 16. Although France frequently exports surplus power to neighboring countries, in recent days it has had to import from Germany.

If you haven’t already done so, sign the petition and watch the videos:

Don’t Nuke the Climate!

Beyond Nuclear slams GE-Hitachi ESBWR design for QA violations at Fermi 3

Beyond Nuclear -- in coalition with Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination, Citizens Environmental Alliance of Southwestern Ontario, Don’t Waste Michigan, and the Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club -- has filed its 16th contention in the Fermi 3 new reactor proceeding before an NRC licensing board challenging the quality assurance violations associated with General Electric-Hitachi's "Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor" design. The coalition has called for the new reactor licensing proceeding to be suspended until QA on the ESBWR design can be assured.

Canadian Solar Plans 500-Job Plant In Ontario

Canadian Solar Inc said on Thursday it plans to build a C$24 million ($22.9 million) plant to manufacture solar panels in the province of Ontario, taking advantage of rich incentives for renewable power projects. The Chinese company said it has begun site selection for a facility to make 200 megawatt modules. The plant is expected to create 500 manufacturing jobs and turn out enough capacity to power 60,000 homes per year.

Boy's dream to build windmill transforms lives in Malawi

The villagers thought he was crazy, but when the lights went on, the world noticed

Green power to the people

Green power entrepreneurialism in Ontario is bursting out of the gates. A program designed to get more solar panels on rooftops and wind turbines in the ground has surpassed all expectations since its Oct. 1 launch, the Star has learned.

More than 2,400 budding power generators – a mix of homeowners, farmers, community cooperatives and aboriginal groups – have applied to the Ontario Power Authority's feed-in-tariff (FIT) program. A first in North America, the program pays green power producers a generous rate for the renewable electricity they sell onto the grid. It is modelled on similar programs in Germany and Spain.

What if?

A Copenhagen cartoon…

Wind gets clean bill of health

Turbines do not make people sick, industry-funded study of impacts concludes