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March 5, 2014 –  Please pass this onto a friend!


The World

Why The Economics Don't Favor Nuclear Power In America  Given the expense of nuclear power, a commitment to nuclear crowds out the alternatives. The biggest mistake policy makers could make is to allow the search for yet another nuclear holy grail to delay the transition to a 21st century electricity grid.

Learn the Basics About Reprocessing (in the Canadian context) with Dr. Gordon Edwards Archived Webinar

Amid Toxic Waste, a Navajo Village Could Lose Its Land The uranium pollution is so bad that it is unsafe for people to live here long term, environmental officials say. Although the uranium mines that once pocked the hillsides were shut down decades ago, mounds of toxic waste are still piled atop the dirt, raising concerns about radioactive dust and runoff.

Why Goldman Sachs is selling yellowcake uranium The story of uranium is as much a story about politics and culture as it is about security. CBC radio 27 min. interview

CNSC signs MOU with Fisheries and Oceans Canada  Fisheries and Oceans Canada effectively silenced by Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

Wake-Up Call' as Workers Test Positive for Radiation After Nuclear Leak Thirteen workers at an underground nuclear waste dump in New Mexico tested positive for radiation following a leak of radioactive particles into the air earlier this month. The nuclear waste dump has since been closed until the contractor deals with the problem.  Congressman Dan Kildee followed with concerns of the similar underground nuclear waste storage site being proposed in Ontario - less than a mile from the Great Lakes.

Why Canada needs to be a leader on eliminating nuclear weapons

Premier could ease greenhouse gas frustration Alberta should phase out coal to protect climate and health – Ontario did it, AB could too

 

Ontario

Bruce waste site radiation understated, says former OPG scientist A scientist who formerly worked for OPG says the company has understated radiation levels in waste destined for a storage site near Kincardine

Ontario remains committed to nuclear power, Bob Chiarelli says The industry is now focused on the multibillion-dollar mid-life refurbishments of 10 Candu reactors at Darlington, on the shore of Lake Ontario, and at the Bruce Nuclear Generation Station at Kincardine along Lake Huron, operated by Bruce Power. The work on six reactors at Bruce reportedly will start in 2016 and last 15 years, at a cost of $15 billion (ya right - multiply that by 2.5 times which is the average every nuclear project in ON's history has gone over-budget). The estimated cost to update four reactors at Darlington beginning in 2016 has not been released, though Ontario Clean Air Alliance estimates water power imports from Quebec would be at least 50% lower cost - and no radioactive waste or risk of catastrophic accident!

 

Renewables and Conservation

Generation Gap: Wind Opens Big Lead over Nuclear in China In China, wind power is leaving nuclear behind. Electricity output from China’s wind farms exceeded that from its nuclear plants by 22 percent in 2013.

Utility Success: Interview with President and CEO of Hydro-Quebec Hydro-Quebec is Canada's biggest electricity producer and the world's largest hydropower producer. The Canadian state-owned utility generates 98 percent of its electricity from hydropower. Quebec hydropower facilities with reservoirs emit 40 times less greenhouse gas than natural gas power stations and 100 times less GHG than coal-fired stations.

No reliable evidence wind farms harm health, peak research body says

Global Shift to Clean Energy No Longer 'Theoretical'
Recent price declines for solar energy have been "massive," and "substantial" for wind, meaning that a global shift away from fossil fuels is no longer "theoretical." It's happening, and fast.

What is energy decentralization? And why is it key to climate change, economic stability, job creation and democracy? 6 min. video

 

Take Action!

Tell Stephen Harper: Nuclear Polluters Must Pay A Greenpeace Canada petition to amend the Nuclear Liability Act.
 
Stop OPG's 30% price increase With a few clicks you can let all the ON Party Leaders know that you oppose OPG’s 30% nuclear price increase and that you favour lower-cost and greener options to meeting our electricity needs. Please sign now.
 
Quebec imports can save us $1 billion per year As our new pamphlet explains, importing clean hydro power from Quebec is a much cheaper way to meet our electricity needs than re-building the Darlington Nuclear Plant. Order free copies today to distribute to your neighbours, family and friends

Premier Kathleen Wynne : Close the Pickering Nuclear Station Please sign the petition.

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Please sign the petition to oppose OPG’s plans to bury their nuclear waste on the shore of Lake Huron

Concerned about nuclear waste? Get involved!
Volunteer Opportunities with Know Nuclear Waste Public Interest Information Project include: Video Editor, Calendar Coordinator and Community Rapporteur(s) in the following municipalities: Creighton, Ignace, Nipigon, Schreiber, Manitouwadge, White River, Hornepayne, Blind River, Elliot Lake, Township of the North Shore, Spanish, South Bruce, Brockton, Huron-Kinloss and Central Huron.

 

Events

Update on Fukushima – 3 years on With Arnie Gundersen, Aileen Mioko Smith and Diane D'Arrigo. Thur. March 6, 7 pm Eastern. To participate in this event by phone, please respond by sending an e-mail with your name and contact information maryo@nirs.org to register and receive the call-in information.

How to Avoid a Fukushima Disaster in Ontario
Tuesday March 11, 7 p.m.. The Ossington: 61 Ossington, Toronto. Free. Oss Talk with Jack Gibbons, Chair of Ontario Clean Air Alliance, and singer song-writers Anthony Wilson, Layah Jane and Brian MacMilllan. On the 3rd anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, join musicians and advocates as we mourn, learn and organize how to avoid a similar fate here in Ontario.


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