No Nukes News

May 17, 2017

 

Dr. Gordon Edwards has a PhD in mathematics from Queens University. As the co-founder of Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, he is Canada’s foremost independent expert in all things nuclear. In this video he explains the dangers of nuclear waste and argues that Pickering’s time is up.



The World

First Nuke-waste shipment from Canada arrives at South Carolina facility Nuke waste shipments from Chalk River, ON to USA are going through a town near you - without warning. One down, 149 more to go. Shipping liquid radioactive nuke waste is unprecedented in NA. To top it off, a 'Hotspot' was found in liquid uranium container at Savannah River Site.

Blue Water Bridge a potential crossing for U.S.-bound liquid nuclear waste Kevin Kamps of BeyondNuclear has called the truckloads of waste, including weapons-grade uranium and radioactive isotopes generated via medical isotope production “mobile Chernobyls on steroids.”

Tunnel collapses at Hanford nuclear waste site in Washington state  “It appears that this is a potentially serious event. Collapse of the earth covering the tunnels could lead to a considerable radiological release.” Here’s a great CBC article with video. Workers fear radiation exposure.
The Nuclear Waste That Remains From Arming Nuclear Weapons at Hanford 3 min. animated video. Here’s a lengthy article about the poor safety and management culture at Hanford. Here’s one on the clear dangers of Hanford.

Activists Sue to Block Plans to Bury 3.6 Million Pounds of Nuclear Waste Near California Beach 3 min. video and article. "This is the biggest human blunder of all time. These nuclear plants are uneconomic. They should be all shut down." Here in Ontario we're fighting the same battle: industry producing and storing nuke waste alongside our precious Great Lakes (Kincardine, Pickering), and rivers (Ottawa River)

Plan to entomb Manitoba's nuclear waste worries environmentalists 'It does not look like a safe proposal to put this dangerous radioactive waste… close to the Winnipeg River'

UK Nuclear Submarines, Microsoft and That Ransomware Attack The Pickering Nuclear Station uses hardware from the 70’s. Think we’re vulnerable to cyber-attacks?

Uranium mine cleanup moves ahead, but Saskatchewan is left with ballooning cost Cleanup will cost at least 10 times higher than the original estimate.

Nuclear power and the collapse of society The real purpose of a “nuclear power” industry was to provide plutonium for weapons. Companies profited while leaving the public to assume responsibility for research, infrastructure, and risk: Privatise the profits, socialise the costs.

 

Ontario

Electricity prices to soar after four years, says secret Liberal cabinet document That will cost an extra $25 billion in interest charges over the next 30 years, by amortizing the costs of recent electricity system improvements over a longer period of time. But this is just a shell game; they could instead cancel high cost nuclear rebuilds and lower rates honestly.

How would the proposed nuke waste mega-dump at Chalk River, ON leak? Let us count the ways.

Chalk River Nuclear Waste Mega Dump: Five Fatal Flaws Any one is ample justification to halt the so-­called “Near Surface Disposal Facility” Project.

 

Renewables and Conservation

Canada-wide Power Grid While Canada is the planet’s fourth-largest exporter of electrical power, with multiple high-voltage ties to U.S. utilities, it has been slower to connect hydro-producing provinces with neighbours that might benefit from relatively carbon-free water power – like BC to Alberta, Manitoba to Saskatchewan, or Quebec to Ontario.

Indian solar power prices hit record low, undercutting fossil fuels Plummeting wholesale prices put India on track to meet renewable energy targets set out in the Paris agreement. Analysts called the 40% price drop “world historic”.

Natural Gas Innovation Fund Supports New Home Furnace Technology which generates both heat and electricity in the home

 

Take Action!

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 share it with 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: angela@cleanairalliance.org

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

 

Events

Community and the Energy Transition - An afternoon with Arne Jungjohann and Energy Minister Glen Murray. Fri. May 19, 1 p.m, 250 Yonge St, 35th Flr, Toronto. Panel discussion about the importance of community involvement and participation in the energy transition. Mr. Jungjohann is a German renewable energy expert and co-author of the book "Energy Democracy," which explores the history of the German energy transition.

Pickering Nuclear Station – tritium, high costs and risk Wed. May 24, 7 – 9 p.m. at Variety Village, 3701 Danforth, Toronto. Forum with Jack Gibbons, Ontario Clean Air Alliance and Dr. Ian Fairlie, radiation specialist.

Guelph: 100% Renewable Energy. What can we learn from Oxford County? Monday May 29, 7 p.m., Guelph Youth Music Centre

Prayer Paddle for Patterson Lake June 10-14. Gathering in Northern Saskatchewan to prevent Patterson Lake from becoming another radioactive toxic sacrifice zone.

3rd Antinuclear World Social Forum Nov. 2 – 4, 2017 at Paris, France



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