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Oct. 1, 2015 –  Please pass this onto a friend!


 
“Uranium is the mineral of the apocalypse.” – Donald Weber
 
We want to end the use of nuclear energy and reach the age of renewable energy as fast as possible. It’s over. Fukushima has forever changed the way we define risk in Germany.” – Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany



The World

Why Germany's Nuclear Power Exit Is Causing Havoc for Utilities Germany’s largest utilities are facing their biggest challenge yet: Provisioning enough cash to dismantle the nation’s nuclear reactors and make safe equipment and fuel that may be radioactive for 100,000 years. Utilities may be as much as 30 billion euros short of the funds needed for decommissioning. Who do you think will be left holding the bag?

Fukushima: the World’s Never Seen Anything Like This
The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant No. 2 nuclear reactor fuel is missing from the core containment vessel. Where did it go? Nobody knows.

Japan Crushes Resistance to Restart Nuclear Power Plants 

As opposition grows, uranium miners fear their days in Quebec are numbered
Hundreds of municipalities in Quebec have joined First Nations to oppose uranium mining, worried that it could threaten their health, harm natural environments and ruin traditional hunting and fishing. A permanent ban would align Quebec with British Columbia and Nova Scotia, provinces that have rejected uranium mining. Currently, Saskatchewan is the only uranium-producing province in Canada, and the second-largest producer in the world behind Kazakhstan.

Write2Know – Uranium Mining in Saskatchewan
What research is being done to monitor the contaminants generated by the uranium mining industry in Northern Saskatchewan? What are the known effects of these contaminants on human health? Send your letter here.

American Indians accuse NRC of 'environmental racism' Burying 77,000 tons of highly radioactive defense wastes and spent fuel from power reactors at Yucca Mountain, coupled with past episodes of fallout from nuclear weapons tests, amounts to "environmental racism," according to the Western Shoshone and Timbisha Shoshone tribes and a Reno lawyer.

Nuclear power sags in safety, relevance, misleads as climate help Nuclear power plants are vulnerable to today’s multiplying threats that include terrorism, electromagnetic pulse, and solar weather. Meanwhile, environmental NGOs are urging droping nuclear power as a proposed but untenable remedy for climate change.

Nuke Quotes Best collection of quotes about nuclear power. And here’s another page of quotes about nuclear emergency planning and causes of Fukushima disaster.

Rasta Jam Video - We Nuh Want No Nuclear Energy

 

Ontario

Darlington Kills FIsh and Pollutes Stormwater Waterkeeper's submission to the Darlington's relicensing process

OPG Distributing Around Nuclear Stations Potassium Iodide Pills to Prevent Thyroid Cancer
3 min. CTV news story

With twice the debt of California, Ontario is now the world’s most indebted sub-sovereign borrower So why would they spend tens of billions of $$ on high cost nuclear rebuild projects when lower cost and lower risk renewable electricity options exist, including water power from Quebec, wind and conservation?

Bill 9, Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act, 2015 ON phased out coal last year, but this Act would outlaw coal for electricity generation forever. It is going before a standing committee of the ON Legislature on Oct. 5th and represents.the final nail in the coal coffin. Yay!

 

Renewables and Conservation

Energy [R]evolution There is no technical or economic barrier to the world reaching an 85% renewable energy target in 15 years and a 100% threshold by 2050. This Greenpeace report delivers the evidence that the transition to 100% renewables will not only create new jobs in the energy industry – nearly 20 million over the next 15 years – but the investment required is more than paid for by savings on future fuel costs.

215 Million And Rising: Surge In LED Installs Is A Growing Threat To Utility Industry This is just the beginning of a transition that poses serious problems for utilities already grappling with long-term slow-growth forecasts.

Average Utility-Scale Solar Price In US Falls To 5¢/kWh A 70% decline since 2009. OPG's high confidence price to rebuild Darlington is 8.9 ¢/kWh.

As solar prices drop fast, Austin Energy seeks to delay chunk of 600 MW purchase
With solar prices decreasing so dramatically - as low as 4 cents / kwh for solar - contractors are afraid to bid for projects that will come on line in the coming years. Meanwhile, ON is about to lock itself into nuclear for another 50 years with the rebuild of 10 high cost and high risk nuclear reactors. Will we be stuck with stranded assets?

Will Canada Finally Tackle the Climate Challenge?
An updated comparison of federal parties’ positions on climate change, renewable energy, conservation, electrification of transit and more.

 

Events

Green Energy Doors Open Sat. Oct. 3, Various sites around Ontario

CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition Oct. 5-7, Toronto. Hosted by the Canadian Wind Energy Association

Townhall Meeting: Bury Nuclear Waste Beside the Great Lakes? Bad Idea Tues. Oct. 6, 7-9 p.m. Toronto City Hall, Council Chambers. Panel of speakers addressing OPG’s plan to bury and abandon nuclear waste at Kincardine on Lake Huron. Free.

Camera Atomica July 8 – Nov. 15, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Exhibition traces photographic legacy of “the bomb” and nuclear energy. See 8 of the photos here. Free on Wed. nights.
 
German Smart Grid & Energy Storage Workshop Thur. Oct. 8, 9 a.m. – noon, Toronto

Through Post-Atomic Eyes Oct. 23-25, Toronto. This conference will bring together an interdisciplinary group of artists and scholars to explore the complex legacy of the atomic age in contemporary art and culture. Film screening Oct. 25, 4 p.m.
 
Containment Planet in Focus Film Festival. Oct. 23, 4:30 p.m. How do you plan 10,000 years in advance? Are we adequately caring for future generations with current storage methods for radioactive waste? A visit to the nuclear ghost towns of Fukushima shows what will happen if we fail.

 

Take Action!

Sign the LEAP Manefesto calling for 100% renewable electricity for Canada by 2035

Ontario: Import safe and low-cost water power from Quebec rather than rebuild 4 nuclear reactors at Darlington Please sign our petition

Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq – don’t let OPG dump nuclear waste on the shore of Lake Huron
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. And urge your elected officials to pass a resolution to oppose the nuclear dump on the Great Lake Huron. There are already 168 jurisdictions representing over 21 million people that have done so. Find out more here

Don’t Nuke the Climate Please sign the petition in support of a nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system and to prevent nuclear power from being considered as a climate solution when the world's governments meet at the COP 21 conference in Paris in Dec. 2015.



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