No Nukes News

Nov. 7, 2016

3 minute video
of Professor Jose Etcheverry explaining why he thinks extending Pickering nuclear station another 10 years is a really bad idea.

The World

Fukushima’s Decommissioning Costs More Than Double The cost of dealing with the triple meltdown, previously estimated at about $800 million/year, and expected to take 40 years or more, has now been recognized as massively underestimated. It appears that the desperate cleanup measures will cost several $billion/year if any real progress is to be made.  

Ice Wall Partially Collapses Japan's gov't has invested $ hundreds of millions $ to install and maintain an enormous underground ice wall surrounding the entire Fukushima nuclear site to divert radioactive groundwater away from the molten reactor cores, thereby reducing the rate of contamination of the Ocean waters, but it isn't working.

Mothers' Radiation Lab Fukushima Run by mothers for mothers, this lab is the first of its kind in Japan. It can both measure radiation and run health checks. More.

France’s Nuclear Storm: Many Power Plants Down Due to Quality Concerns The discovery of widespread carbon segregation problems in critical nuclear plant components has crippled the French power industry—20 of the country’s 58 reactors are currently offline and under heavy scrutiny.

UN votes to outlaw nuclear weapons in 2017 To our great shame Canada voted against the resolution, but it was supported by an overwhelming majority, and negotiations for a Treaty to abolish nuclear weapons will soon be underway.

A novel way to make Canada’s electrical grid cleaner and cheaper A new electricity purchase and storage agreement by Ontario and Quebec will reduce emissions and costs. Other provinces should consider similar deals



OPG seeking 180% price increase for nuclear electricity OPG wants to raise its price for nuclear power from 5.9 cents / kWh in 2016 to 16.8 cents / kWh in 2026. That means the rate in 2026 will be almost triple (2.8 times greater) today's price.

Read our letter in response to the Energy Minister's assertion that nuclear power is cheap, low-emission, reliable and necessary.

Group wants Pickering nuclear station closed The Alliance wants the Pickering station closed in 2018 when its current operating licence expires. “The good news is we can close Pickering in 2018. We can keep the lights on, lower energy bills and create jobs.”  The electricity produced at Pickering can be “replaced by clean hydro electric power from Quebec.”

Seven ideas for how to fix Ontario’s hydro system  2. Close Pickering’s nuclear station.  5.Buy power from Quebec.  7. Emphasize conservation.

Consultations for province's Long-Term Energy Plan “Don’t refurbish the nuclear power plants. They have been a waste of money since the beginning,” said one participant, Peter Bursztyn. He also suggested tying transmission lines to Quebec and Manitoba and importing their electricity.

Provincial Growth Plan and Nuclear Plans in the GTA on Collision Course Environmental groups are calling on the Minister of Municipal Affairs to respect international safety guidelines and protect public safety by restricting population growth around the ten aging nuclear reactors operating in the rapidly growing Greater Toronto Area (GTA).


Renewables and Conservation

The shift to renewable energy is easy on the pocketbook Bloomberg New Energy Finance explains why: "The rapid uptake of renewable generation in the power system, [is] unstoppable now because of cost reductions in wind and solar." Nuclear is one of our most cumbersome climate change responses, which is why it is quickly being left in the dust by renewable sources worldwide.

Wind sector ready to pounce if Ontario's nuclear plans flop Ontario’s decision to breathe fresh life into its nuclear fleet has cast a pall over the renewables market.

Alberta legislates 30% by 2030 renewables target, releases details on competitive procurement 


Take Action!

Speak out for a 100% Renewable Ontario The province is organizing consultations on Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan. Please attend one of the sessions or submit your comments online.

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.

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:

Please send Premier Wynne a message asking her to order OPG to develop an immediate decommissioning plan for Pickering and to close this dinosaur by 2018 (when its license expires) at the latest. Background here.

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



Winterizing Your Home Tues. Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m., Annette Library, Toronto. Greg Labbe will address ways you can get your home ready for winter, lower energy costs and make your living spaces more comfortable.

Hands On: Women, Climate, Change Fri. Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m. Eastminster United Church, Toronto. Film and discussion with OCAA's Angela Bischoff and others.

Fueling Our Future: Is Renewable Doable? Sun. Nov.  27, 7 pm, Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave., Toronto. Can we meet our energy needs with renewables? We take a look at the considerable strides being made in Europe as they take strong action to transition to renewable energy and consider possible paths forward for an energy revolution. Film and discussion with Dr. Jose Etcheverry, York University

The Power of Community: Renewable Energy and Citizen Participation in Ontario Tues. Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m. YWCA Toronto, 87 Elm St. Featuring Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario and the Power of Community Report which quantifies the environmental, economic and social benefits of community-owned renewable energy.

Combined Solar PV and Energy Storage Solutions for Residential Installations
Wed. Dec. 7, 250 Yonge St, Toronto. Breakfast seminar with the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce

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