No Nukes News

February 16, 2017



'Elephants' Not Wanted at Public Meeting on Nuclear Safety  The costumed elephants attended the meeting to symbolize "elephants in the room" when it comes to nuclear safety. Pickering routinely releases radioactive tritium into the air and water; hosts 14,000 tonnes of nuclear fuel waste; one of the oldest and largest nuke stations in the world in the middle of huge urban population; no one is insured; lower cost and safer alternatives not considered.

Ontario’s big secret – the real cause of rising electricity rates Since 2002 Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG’s) price of nuclear power has risen by 60%. And to add insult to injury OPG is now seeking a 180% price increase to pay for the continued operation of its high-cost Pickering Nuclear Station and the re-building of Darlington’s aging reactors. Please send an email to Premier Wynne or call her at 416 325 1941. Tell her you want to see Ontario secure some real cost savings by making a long-term deal with Quebec to permit the closing of the Pickering Nuclear Station in 2018 when its licence expires.

Ontario Shouldn’t Abandon its Shift to Renewable Energy
Time to close the Pickering Power Station. By me!

Judge approves plan to ship nuclear waste through Niagara  Trucking route to move 6,000 gallons of enriched uranium waste would cross Peace Bridge


The World

Nuclear industry in crisis Nuclear utilities are in crisis, and no major commodity had a worse 2016 than uranium.

Toshiba chairman resigns over massive projected nuclear losses The company is projecting $6.3 billion in losses and will be forced to sell off its computer-chip business to stay afloat.

Cameco (Cdn uranium mining company) records $62-million net loss for 2016 2016 was a dismal year for the company that was characterized by the closure of its Rabbit Lake uranium mine along with layoffs at its corporate headquarters and other uranium operations in northern Saskatchewan.

Fukushima Is Still Melting Down Thom Hartmann interviews Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear in this 11 min. video. Almost 6 years after a massive meltdown, radiation levels at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan are as dangerously high as ever.

US Nuclear officials killed study on whether reactors posed cancer risk to nearby residents Newly released documents are raising questions about the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission's 2015 decision to abandon its contract with the National Academies to study cancer mortality and incidence around US nuclear power stations.

Decommssioning of nuclear facilities: Germany’s experience
Currently 16 nuclear power plants, both power and prototype reactors, are at different stages of decommissioning.

Entergy explores selling Pilgrim, Palisade nuclear plants to new decommissioning venturie Areva and North Star announced a new joint venture to purchase and decommission nuclear stations.

Decommissioning Pickering Nuclear Station can create thousands of jobs and save millions Shuttering the aged station in 2018 when its licence expires and decommissioning it immediately would create 32,000 jobs (direct and indirect), and return the site to the community by 2030. By contrast, OPG hopes to extend the station till 2028, then let it sit idle 30 years before decommissioning, returning the site to the community by 2070.

Groups demand immediate release of arrested Tanzania nationals 8 citizens arrested were on a study tour on the effects of uranium mining at Kayelekera Uranium Mine, owned by Australian PALADIN, in the north of Malawi. They have been detained since Dec. 22 under horrible conditions. They are farmers and artisanal miners who travelled to Malawi under the Catholic Church’s non-governmental organization (NGO), Caritas.

Explosion Rocks Flamanville Nuclear Power Plant in France

Toxic Liquid Nuclear Waste Headed from Ontario to US Roadways
Less than two ounces could destroy a city's water supply.


Renewables and Conservation

Solar now cheapest new form of energy in nearly 60 countries

US Solar Market Grows 95% in 2016, Smashes Records



Take Action!

Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) Nuke Waste Burial Project — Public Comment Invited The federal Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) is again taking public comments till March 6. Please urge CEAA that the Great Lakes -- drinking water supply for 40 million people in eight U.S. states, two Canadian provinces, and a large number of Native American First Nations -- be protected, by stopping OPG's environmental injustice dead in its tracks. Water Is Life. Remind CEAA that 187 resolutions, representing 23.4 million Great Lakes residents in two countries, have passed resolutions opposing the DGR.

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:

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



Ontario Geothermal Association Conference Feb. 21-22, Mississauga, ON

Nuclear Waste On-line is a series of on-line presentations about nuclear waste in Canada Webinars are held Tuesdays Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at noon, EST. Free. Recordings available upon request.


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