No Nukes News

July 27, 2010

“There is not a little bit of cancer or a little bit of malnutrition or a little bit of death or a little bit of social injustice or a little bit of torture. It does not help us in any way if we begin accepting lower and safer levels of, for example, radioactivity or lower and safer levels of ... lead or dioxin. We must speak out clearly, loudly and courageously, if we know that there are no safe levels.” – the late Petra Kelly, founder of the Green Party.

Radioactive shipment raises alarm

A number of questions have arisen about Bruce Power's plan to ship 16 radioactive waste steam generators from the Bruce A refurbishment through Owen Sound to Sweden.

Stop the shipment of dangerous nuclear waste

ACTION ALERT: Tell the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission not to risk the health of Canadian communities
Sierra Club:

ACTION ALERT: Voice your concern regarding Bruce Power's plan to ship radioactive steam generators across the Great Lakes
CELA (Canadian Environmental Law Association):

Prohibit Shipments of Radioactive Generators
Up to 90% of the 3,500 tons of radiation-laced steel will be sold as scrap metal for unrestricted use, which means that small amounts of man-made radioactive poisons from the Bruce reactors (e. g., plutonium, strontium-90, cesium-137, and cobalt-60) will end up in such everyday items as pots and pans, forks and spoons, zippers and safety pins.
The Governments of Ontario and Canada ought to prohibit these shipments because the transport of radioactive debris through our precious waterways should not be condoned, and the dissemination of radioactive waste into consumer goods should not be countenanced.

Nuclear Power? 8 Questions Need to Be Answered

Rising greenhouse gases. Climate change. Rising energy costs. Declining fossil fuel reserves. Now the BP disaster. With the arguments against fossil fuels continuing to pile up it’s no wonder people have latched onto nuclear power as an attractive solution. Here are eight questions that we should answer before, not after, we head down the nuclear path:

Conservation still low priority in Ontario

As of December 2009, for every dollar that the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has spent on energy conservation, it has contracted for $44 of new electricity supply. Yet the OPA's payments to large industrial consumers to save a kilowatt-hour (kWh) are as much as 89% lower than the cost of producing a kWh from a new nuclear reactor, making investing in efficiency a terrific bargain for Ontario.

Conservation is the cleanest form of energy generation. It makes our industries more efficient and reduces energy bills for homeowners. 

For more information, please download our up-dated fact sheet: Conservation vs. Electricity Supply: A summary of the Ontario Power Authority's procurement efforts.

Please email Ontario's Energy Minister Brad Duguid and ask him to tell the OPA to make investments in energy efficiency a top priority (and please cc me). Thank you for making the time to push for conservation!

Ontario's solar sector being harmed by uncertainty around microFIT, warns Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) must fully disclose the financial assumptions it used to justify the price cut to Ontario's renewable energy feed-in tariff ("microFIT") program, says Gord Miller, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. "People will lose confidence in Ontario's commitment to green energy," he warned. "We need the full financial details used to justify this price cut."

Vast majority of Ontarians support wind energy in their community

A new Ipsos Reid poll commissioned by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) finds that nine in 10 Ontario residents support the production of wind energy in their region of the province for its economic and environmental benefits. The level of support remains high even when respondents were asked if a wind project’s location is within their own community.

Ontario workers are doing a sun salutation over new solar jobs in Toronto and London

Canasia Power Corp announced Tuesday that they would establish a solar module manufacturing facility in London, Ontario. The facility would initially have a 50MW annual capacity, employing roughly 100 people, but as capacity grows to 200MW, it will employ over 500 people. SunEdison and Samco Machinery Ltd, a struggling Scarborough auto parts manufacturer, also announced yesterday that they would be retooling an Ontario factory to produce equipment for solar power projects in Ontario.

Climate Change – Here We Come

The first six months of 2010 were the warmest on record, according to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.

Registration is now open for:

Climate Change Summit 2010

Aug. 13 – 15, at Hart House, U of T

Three days of climate science and solutions -- no sugar coating.
With Bill McKibbon, Andrew Weaver, Elizabeth May and more.
Presented by U of T Greens and Toronto-Danforth Federal Green Party. It is a non-partisan event open to everyone.

Countdown to Zero - Documentary probes a new generation of nuclear dangers

Dr. Strangelove isn’t dead, he’s just moved to a city near you, says “Countdown to Zero,” a film that means to put a new generation of anti-nuclear campaigners back on the peace path their grandparents pioneered as Cold War protesters.

Disarmament for Some - Co-opting the Anti-Nuclear Movement

Countdown to Zero is one component of a larger and coherent foundation campaign to stoke up public fears about nuclear weapons for the purpose of extending a near-monopoly on nuclear weapons, and legitimating a more aggressive foreign policy aimed at regime change in Iran and elsewhere. The consensus behind those who funded and produced the film has little to do with disarmament, and a lot to do with stabilizing the American empire.

US War Crimes: Cancer Rate in Fallujah Worse than Hiroshima

The Iraqi city of Fallujah continues to suffer the ghastly consequences of a US military onslaught in late 2004. According to the authors of a new study, “Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005–2009,” the people of Fallujah are experiencing higher rates of cancer, leukemia, infant mortality, and sexual mutations than those recorded among survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the years after those Japanese cities were incinerated by US atomic bomb strikes in 1945.

The US military uses depleted uranium, also known as spent nuclear fuel, in armor-piercing shells and bullets because it is twice as dense as lead. Once these shells hit their target, however, as much as 40 percent of the uranium is released in the form of tiny particles in the area of the explosion. It can remain there for years, easily entering the human bloodstream, where it lodges itself in lymph glands and attacks the DNA produced in the sperm and eggs of affected adults, causing, in turn, serious birth defects in the next generation.

In a study of 711 houses and 4,843 individuals carried out in January and February 2010, authors Chris Busby, Malak Hamdan, Entesar Ariabi and a team of researchers found that the cancer rate had increased fourfold since before the US attack five years ago, and that the forms of cancer in Fallujah are similar to those found among the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb survivors, who were exposed to intense fallout radiation.

In Fallujah the rate of leukemia is 38 times higher, the childhood cancer rate is 12 times higher, and breast cancer is 10 times more common than in populations in Egypt, Jordan, and Kuwait. Heightened levels of adult lymphoma and brain tumors were also reported. At 80 deaths out of every 1,000 births, the infant mortality rate in Fallujah is more than five times higher than in Egypt and Jordan, and eight times higher than in Kuwait.

Strikingly, after 2005 the proportion of girls born in Fallujah has increased sharply. In normal populations, 1050 boys are born for every 1000 girls. But among those born in Fallujah in the four years after the US assault, the ratio was reduced to 860 boys for every 1000 female births. This alteration is similar to gender ratios found in Hiroshima after the US atomic attack of 1945.

The most likely reason for the change in the sex ratio, according to the researchers, is the impact of a major mutagenic event—likely the use of depleted uranium in US weapons.

“In September 2009, Fallujah General Hospital had 170 newborn babies, 24 percent of whom were dead within the first seven days, a staggering 75 percent of the dead babies were classified as deformed...


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