No Nukes News

February 1, 2010

Authorizing construction of new nuclear reactors without first constructing a radioactive waste disposal facility is like authorizing construction of a new Sears Tower without bathrooms.

-          Dave Kraft, director of Nuclear Energy Information Service.

 

Ontario green energy deal: Sellout or sweet deal?

Holy Samsung. The green energy dream is not just waking up, it's moving in. Who knew it would have a brand name and be an immigrant from Korea? Has the provincial government sold our renewable soul to some foreign demon?...

The problem, he says, is that the government has placed a de facto cap on the development of green energy by its 2006 decision to set aside the majority of the space for nukes. "The next and best step for Ontario is to replace the Pickering B nuclear station -- just 10 per cent of Ontario's generation -- with green energy when it comes offline in 2016," he says. "The potential is obvious, and it's way cheaper than building a new nuke."

http://www.rabble.ca/columnists/2010/01/ontario-green-energy-deal-sellout-or-sweet-deal


Noise from roads is more disruptive to people's lives than that from wind turbines

according to the president of the Institute Of Acoustics (IOA)

"For every person who might be annoyed by wind farms, there are hundreds more annoyed by roads.”

http://www.planningresource.co.uk/bulletins/Planning-Resource-Daily-Bulletin/News/980376/Road-noise-more-disruptive-turbines/?DCMP=EMC-DailyBulletin


Bruce A Unit 1 Alpha Contamination

On January 7, 2010, Bruce Power informed the CNSC of the discovery of alpha contamination in Bruce A Unit 1.

http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/mediacentre/updates/bruce_power_alpha_contamination_jan21_2010.cfm

Background:

Alpha radiation is a non-penetrating form of radiation which is harmless outside the body, but which is at least 20 times more harmful (per unit of energy deposited) than penetrating gamma radiation, once it is inside the body and in contact with living cells. See http://ccnr.org/alpha_in_lung.html

Once inhaled, or absorbed through the gut, these radioactive elements can remain lodged in the body for protracted periods of time, constantly irradiating the sensitive cells.

Although there are regulatory limits on the amount of these alpha-emitting materials allowed in the body, there is no such thing as a safe dose, as even small exposures are capable of causing cancer or other diseases.

- Gordon Edwards.


Conference urges Canada to press policies against nuclear weapons

Anti-nuclear groups including Project Ploughshares and the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons want Prime Minister Stephen Harper to speak out on disarmament. They say Canada should press NATO to review its nuclear strategies and urge the removal of tactical nuclear weapons from Europe.

http://stage.www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/breakingnews/82798332.html?viewAllComments=y


UK new nuclear build will not get government subsidies

The British government will not use taxpayers’ money to subsidize  the construction of new nuclear power plants.

In an online question and answer session with ‘The Guardian’ newspaper, Lord Hunt said the government had made it “absolutely clear” that the cost of new nuclear power plants must be met in full by the commercial companies themselves, including the cost of decommissioning and waste management.

http://theenergycollective.com/TheEnergyCollective/57202


Tell President Obama: Nuclear Power is Neither Safe Nor Clean

If you were watching the State of the Union address, I'm sure you were as appalled as I was when President Obama suddenly spoke in support of "safe, clean nuclear power" (not to mention support for offshore oil drilling and "clean" coal).

Politically, Obama likely was simply parroting the effort being led by Sens. John Kerry, Joe Lieberman and Lindsay Graham to gain support for a climate bill by adding massive subsidies for nuclear power, offshore oil and "clean" coal. But recycling George W. Bush energy talking points is no way to solve the climate crisis or develop a sustainable energy policy.

Please tell President Obama that he's wrong: nuclear power is neither safe nor clean.

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5502/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1677


U.S. 'nuclear renaissance' had roots in Bush-Cheney

The "nuclear renaissance," hailed in many headlines and speeches over the last few years, started under President George W. Bush.

Within months after he took office in 2001, an internal briefing paper for Vice President Dick Cheney noted that expanding the use of nuclear power would be "a bold step" that could help lower carbon-dioxide emissions.

From 2002 through 2007, nuclear programs got $6.2 billion for research and development, up 59%.

http://www.theolympian.com/election/presidential/story/1106054.html


Iraq littered with high levels of nuclear and dioxin contamination, study finds

• Greater rates of cancer and birth defects near sites
• Depleted uranium among poisons revealed in report

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/22/iraq-nuclear-contaminated-sites


Germany's waste removal decision

Thousands of barrels are to be removed from Germany's Asse radioactive waste disposal facility, a salt dome which has proven unstable.

It was decided to use Asse in the 1960s and 1970s but this is seen as a licensing failure: The complex is in the upper portions of the salt, which are now unstable and increasingly allowing the ingress of groundwater. Ultimately this would be expected to erode waste canisters and allow contamination of groundwater.

While deciding on removal to the surface, the BfS warned that none of its options were optimal and all were uncertain.

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/WR_Germanys_waste_removal_decision_1801101.html


Ontario's wind power snags lamented

Wind turbines offshore in the Great Lakes have the potential to generate a huge chunk of Ontario's power, but a more streamlined approval process is needed if the offshore industry's potential is to be achieved.

That's the conclusion of a report from wind developer Trillium Power Wind Corp., which calculates that the Ontario government has received applications for offshore projects that would generate almost 21,000 megawatts of power, if they all came to fruition.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/ontarios-wind-power-snags-lamented/article1435873/

Lakes wind could power Ontario: report

Offshore turbines would spawn huge industry that has potential of outpacing entrenched generators such as nuclear, hydro, developer says

http://www.electricityforum.com/news/jan10/TrilliumreportsaysGreatLakeswindcouldpowerOntario.html


Wind Power Use Rises 39% In 2009

The use of wind power in America rose 39% last year according to a report from American Wind Energy Association cited in The New York Times. “The amount of capacity added last year, 9,900 megawatts, was the largest on record,” the report says.

http://247wallst.com/2010/01/26/wind-power-use-rises-39-in-2009/

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/26/business/energy-environment/26wind.html?th&emc=th


Grassroots Communities 

Mining Mini-Grant Program

NEXT DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1, 2010

The goal of the Mining Mini-grants Program is to support and enhance the capacity building efforts of mining-impacted communities in the U.S. and Canada to assure that mining projects do not adversely affect human, cultural, and the ecological health of communities.  
 
The applicant must be a grassroots or indigenous community program with limited funds that have demonstrated the capacity to successfully carry out the project.  Individual grants will not exceed $3,000 U.S. and cannot be used for general programmatic or operating expenses. 

Sponsored by: Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and 

Western Mining Action Network (WMAN) 

For more info and applications: Sarah Keeney, WMAN Network Coordinator at (503) 327-8625 ~ sarahekeeney@comcast.net or Simone Senogles, Indigenous Environmental Network, (218) 751-4967 ~ simone@ienearth.org.


Dave Martin, Climate and Energy Coordinator of Greenpeace Canada will present a

Report back on the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen - Toronto

Wednesday, February 3, 7 PM
Medical Sciences Building, 1 King’s College Circle, Room 2172 University of Toronto Campus

Dave Martin has 25 years of experience working in the Canadian non-profit sector on energy-related issues, including conservation, renewable technologies, nuclear power, nuclear weapons proliferation and climate change.

He has been a researcher, policy analyst and campaigner for several environmental groups. He has spoken widely on energy issues and has served as a consultant in various regulatory proceedings.

He was Research Director for the former Nuclear Awareness Project from 1996 to 2000, and was a policy advisor on energy issues for Sierra Club Canada from 2000 to 2004. Since July 2004, Dave has been Climate and Energy Coordinator for Greenpeace Canada.


Stephen Harper has had a change of heart about global finance – watch this 1 minute video for details:

http://www.we-forum.org/en/events/AnnualMeeting2010/harper.shtml

Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, speaks about the climate crisis and the issue of responsibility

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