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Hydro-electricity imports from Quebec and the development of the Lower Churchill Falls Project in Labrador can replace Ontario’s aging nuclear reactors according to a report released by the Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA) today.
“Water power from Quebec and Labrador are Ontario’s lowest cost supply options for additional renewable electricity. The cost of water power from Quebec and Labrador would be at least 40% lower than the cost of building new nuclear reactors at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station east of Oshawa”, said Jack Gibbons, Chair of the OCAA.
Instead of seizing this option to move Ontario towards a 100% renewable electricity grid, Premier Dalton McGuinty is asking Prime Minister Harper to subsidize Atomic Energy of Canada’s costs of building two new nuclear reactors in Ontario. “Canadian taxpayers in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal and St. John’s should not be required to subsidize Ontario’s bloated electricity consumption and high-cost and unreliable CANDU nuclear reactors”, said Mr. Gibbons.
“Prime Minister Harper should protect all Canadian taxpayers by saying ‘no’ to Premier McGuinty’s plea for another nuclear bailout”, Mr. Gibbons added.
The Ontario Clean Air Alliance Research Inc.’s report, Powerful Options: A review of Ontario’s options for replacing aging nuclear plants, can be downloaded from here: http://www.cleanairalliance.org/files/active/0/replacingnuclear.pdf
Toronto, June 2, 2009 – Conditions have changed and the McGuinty government should support its own Green Energy Act by deciding against buying new nuclear reactors this summer, say twelve prominent environmental organizations in an open letter to the Premier.
The groups say there has never been a better time not tobuy a nuclear reactor, and they urge the Premier to forgo spending billions on new nuclear and instead put his Green Energy Act to work by replacing the aging Pickering B nuclear station with green energy.
Renewable is doable http://www.renewableisdoable.com/media-release/1840
There has been a dramatic increase in the number of times Ontario has been forced to dump its surplus electricity at a loss to American and other big consumers.
Since the beginning of the year, there have been 232 instances where the province has had to pay business customers and neighbouring jurisdictions like New York State to take the power, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) told the Toronto Sun.
Jack Gibbons, of Ontario Clean Air Alliance, said the fact the IESO has to pay Americans and large industrial users to take power is evidence that the province has too much nuclear base load capacity, yet Energy Minister George Smitherman is poised to sign new contracts for two nuclear reactors.
Lobbyists and utility company officials who claim that the United States is missing out on a so-called "Nuclear Renaissance" have their facts wrong about what is going on in Europe with nuclear reactors, according to University of Greenwich Professor of Energy Studies Stephen Thomas.
Canada is poised to sign a deal with India to sell nuclear technology and materials to the energy-starved South Asian juggernaut, International Trade Minister Stockwell Day said Wednesday.
The pact will open up the lucrative Indian market to Canadian nuclear exports for the first time in more than three decades.
The international community lifted a three-decade ban on nuclear trade with India last September - even though India still refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
AECL's future hinges on a successful bid to build two nuclear reactors in Ontario and continued sales and maintenance work abroad.
The Guardian (London)
A 50-year-old agreement with the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) has effectively gagged the WHO (UN World Health Organization) from telling the truth about the health risks of radiation.
The British government has admitted that nearly 370 farms in the country are still restricted in the way they use land and rear sheep because of radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear power station accident 23 years ago.
Dr David Lowry, a member of Nuclear Waste Advisory Associates, said the figures demonstrated the “unforgiving hazards” of radioactivity dispersed into the environment, whether from Chernobyl in Ukraine, thousands of miles away, or over decades from the Faslane nuclear submarine base in Scotland.
Tritium is a serious hazard in Canada, requiring urgent action by the public and legislators alike.
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