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June 10, 2013 –   Please pass this onto a friend!

"The most important lesson of Fukushima was that before the accident, there was an implicit assumption that such a severe accident could not happen, and thus insufficient attention was paid to such an accident by authorities.” – Toshimitsu Homma of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, speaking recently at an international conference on Emergency Management held in Ottawa in April 2013.

The World

Nuclear power plant in limbo decides to close The owners of the San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California, which has been shut since January 2012, said on Friday that they would close it permanently. “I think this is a step in the right direction, another move toward the renewable revolution that is under way in the state of California”

Leak Found in Steel Tank for Contaminated Water at Fukushima Tepco has struggled to deal with tens of millions of gallons of contaminated, toxic water at the plant, which must be stored in the large steel tanks that now occupy virtually every available bit of space there.

Can't Win? Change the Rules! The US and Japan are trying to raise acceptable radiation exposure limits. On this 30 min. podcast, Arnie Gunderson and Helen Caldicott discuss the associated health risks of various types of radioactive releases, how regulators and the nuclear industry are downplaying those releases, and the current state of the Fukushima clean up.
60,000 in Tokyo protest government plans to restart nuclear power To date, just 2 of Japan’s 54 idled reactors have started post-Fukushima, but more are planned.

New Binational Great Lakes Nuclear Map Identifies “Nuclear Hot Spots” This new map includes all aspects of nuclear power production in the Great Lakes region, including the 38 operating nuclear power plants, 12 closed plants, and four new plants proposed in Canada. It also includes the facilities that process uranium ore and manufacture the pellets, as well as tailings sites from uranium mining, and facilities that store, and dispose of radioactive waste.

Probe into AECL contracts hushed up There is a longstanding history of financial misbehaviour and tight-lipped secrecy in connection with Canada's Crown Corporation, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL). 


Two Steps Forward, One Back: Ontario Cancels Feed-in Tariffs for Large Projects FITs Retained for “Small” Projects. Renewables to Remain in Province’s Energy Plan. Coal Is Dead. New Nuclear Is on Life Support—if Not Dead. Nuclear Refurbishments on the Table. Renewables' One-Fourth Supply Rising to One-Third.

Don't renew Pickering nuclear licence: expert Licensing hearing told plant, technology are too old

World Bank & CIDA Oppose Canadian Nuclear An excellent overview of the ON energy scene.

Nuclear waste site on Lake Huron concerns Michigan, Sarnia Ontario Power Generation plans to build underground repository in Kindcardine, 1.6 km from Lake Huron
Skullduggery alleged over mayors' 'secret' nuclear-waste storage meetings Municipal leaders in the Ontario region that is home to one of the world's largest nuclear power plants are facing allegations they discussed proposed storage facilities for radioactive waste in secret because they feared damaging their electoral fortunes.
Request for a public review of Ontario’s nuclear emergency plans Joint letter to Ontario Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services from CELA, Durham Nuclear Awareness and Greenpeace. For a critique of Ontario’s emergency planning with respect to our nuclear plants, see CELA’s submission and presentation to the CNSC hearings on the Pickering nuclear extension.
GE Hitachi uranium plant on Lansdowne Ave. to have soil samples taken this summer

Environmental Commissioner says energy strategy undermines eco-promises
  Failing our Future highlights that the Ontario government will only achieve 60% of the reductions necessary to meet its 2020 target for reducing GHG emissions. “One of the reasons for this shortfall,” says Miller, “is the increased reliance on natural gas to generate electricity.”

Crazy Caverns: How one small community challenged a technocrat juggernaut... and won! By Tom Lawson. Free online. This is the story of a grassroots struggle by citizens of a small town – Port Hope, Ontario – against a million dollar government/industry nuclear campaign to bury a million tons of radioactive and toxic waste under their downtown waterfront. A disturbing exposé of technocratic hubris, it illustrates the techniques of both the proponents and the group of determined citizens who, refusing to be bribed or manipulated, won that battle. Crazy Caverns is a must-read for concerned citizens facing proposals for undesirable development in their community.


Renewables and Conservation

Nailed it! Toronto exceeds Kyoto target by 2.5 times A major component of the overall reductions has been the ongoing coal phase out, scheduled for completion at the end of this year. However, the coal phase out would not be possible without conservation efforts to reduce overall electricity consumption. Per capita electricity consumption in Toronto has fallen by 10% over the past 20 years. As a result, overall emissions from electricity are down 26%.


Take Action!

Phase-out Pickering Nuclear Station and save $850 million per year Tell the Premier that we must avoid another electricity expenditure fiasco – don’t waste our hard-earned money rebuilding this aging and outdated facility! Click here

Tell U.S. & S. African governments: end radioactive "recycling" U.S. nuclear weapons waste could end up in your zipper, belt buckle or frying pan if the Department of Energy lifts its bans on release of metal from radioactive areas. South African nuclear weapons waste could end up in your earrings, forks or baby toys if three radioactive metal smelters are given licenses by the South African government.

Demand lower human-made radiation in food The US limit for carcinogenic radioactive cesium is 1200 Bq/kg in food. Japan, which is still suffering a triple meltdown, has a limit of 100 Bq/kg. Both of these limits are way too high to protect our children. We are asking that the limit be reduced to 5 Bq/kg for all food, nutritional supplements and pharmaceuticals. Sign the petition.



Journey for Earth Walkers Solidarity with First Nations members from Saskatchewan protesting uranium mining. Fri. June 14, 6:30 p.m. Toronto

Lakeshore Ride for Renewables Sun. June 16, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Meet at the base of the wind turbine at Exhibition Place $35 Join Sustainability Ontario Community Energy Co-op and explore green energy projects in South Etobicoke by bike! 
Renewables in Remote Microgrids Conference June 24 – 26, MaRS Centre, Toronto
Ontario Energy Drinks Tues. June 25, 5:30 p.m. onwards, 777 Bay St., Toronto
School’s Out! Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative’s Fundraiser featuring Jeff Rubin. June 26th at the Steam Whistle Brewery, Toronto
Walk the Talk: A Peaceful Protest Walk Save our Saugeen Shores – say no to a nuclear dump on Lake Huron. Sat. June 29, 11 a.m.

Angela Bischoff
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Phone 416-260-2080 ext. 1
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