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CD89 Blog Posted by Kate Buick on 2007/5/10 6:23:20

Haldimand County : Council Supports Environmental Assessment

http://www.cd989.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=8567

Haldimand Council has sent a letter to Premier McGuinty supporting an environmental assessment for a nuclear power plant. Support for an environmental assessment over the next three years is a demonstration of willingness to host a nuclear power facility. A nuclear power plant could result in a three to four billion dollar investment, 12 hundred new jobs, and spin-off projects. The assessment would take three years, and cost 20 million dollars, and building a plant would take eight years. The provincial government has said only a willing community would be selected as a nuclear site.In April a survey of 600 random residents in Haldimand and Norfolk was conducted on behalf of Bruce Power. The results showed 62 percent would support a nuclear plant if the coal fired plant was closed, and overall 88 percent thought a nuclear plant would benefit both counties in terms of new jobs

CONTEMPLATING NUCLEAR POWER:

Folks, short of being Superman, have you ever thought about what it would take to stop a freight train? Well, Superman isn't really real, yet Nuclear Power is. Nuclear power is our freight train to stop, if we have the will. There are so many fence sitters out there in Norfolk/Haldimand, that this freight train will make its way and plunk itself down on our Lake Erie shoreline. People very quickly must make up their mind and say they are either for it or against it. Nuclear power is not benign!

Complaining is one thing, voting is another. We may very well need a pleblicite on this issue. If there are alternatives that can compete with nuclear power, then we must hear of them.

Below is a list of concerns for Norfolk/Haldimand/Hamilton with regards to nuclear power...

Who would pay for the storage of nuclear waste on site if transporting waste was not viable?

{Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO); Haldimand might indeed become host to Canada's 1.9 million bundles of waste uranium fuel bundles, which are now stored temporarily at Canada's 22 nuclear reactor sites. At a cost of about $24 billion, the waste, (which remains dangerously radioactive for a million years or so) would be buried 1 kilometer deep in a rock mausoleum (''Critics blast new idea to seal nuclear waste'', Hamilton Spectator, March 28/07) and question the wisdom of investing more tax dollars (estimated $48 billion) ...}

Who would pay for the has-mat training and readiness required in all the municipalities in which the transfer of nuclear waste would travel through?

Who would pay for heightened security due to terrorism?

How can protection from terrorism be guaranteed?

Who would pay to insure that a nuclear plant would withstand a seismic event?

Who would pay if a new nuclear facility could not withstand a seismic event?

Who will live and breathe healthier in a nuclear air shed?

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(checkout the following reports and links regarding seismic activity in the Lake Erie/Ontario regions)

Over 60 seismic events since 1985 between the South-shore of Lake Erie, through the proposed nuclear site on Stelco land, and on toward the North-shore of Lake Ontario. 6 - mag 3 between Stelco and Toronto alone with one of these near Hagersville.

Most recent seismic event as of 2007/03/12 23:18:17 41.33 -81.39 5.0g 3.7MN http://earthquakescanada.nrcan.gc.ca/stnsdata/nedb/bull_e.php?solid=20070312.2318002

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4 Major Seismic Events South of proposed nuclear site on Stelco land:

2001/01/26 03:03:22 41.93 -80.72 5.0g 4.4MN South shore of Lake Erie. Near Ashtabula, Ohio. 95 km S from AYLMER, ONT. Felt in Hamilton, Mississauga, Guelph, Niagara region, Newmarket, Heidelberg, Waterloo, Kitchener, New Hamburg, Cambridge, Woodstock, London, Dorchester, Norfolk County, Port Colborne, Simcoe, Nanticoke, Binbrook, Dundas, Burlington, Oakville, Scarborough, North York, and Toronto, Ontario and Avoca, N.Y.

http://earthquakescanada.nrcan.gc.ca/stnsdata/nedb/bull_e.php?solid=20010126.0303005

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Yyyy Mm Dd Hh Mm Ss.sssEqt- Lat----- Long-----Depth-km Mag--Magt 1998 09 25 19 52 54.209L 41.5200 -80.5300 5.00km 5.4MN Ohio-Pennsylvania border, northern U.S.A. South of Lake Erie. Widely Felt in southern Ontario. 141 km S from SIMCOE, ONT.

http://earthquakescanada.nrcan.gc.ca/stnsdata/nedb/bull_e.php?solid=19980925.1952009

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1987/07/13 05:49:18 41.93 -80.71 5.0g 4.1MN NEAR ASHTABULA [Details] 1987/07/13 07:52:12 41.93 -80.71 5.0g 3.3MN AFTERSHOCK [Details] 1987/07/13 13:05:24 41.93 -80.71 5.0g 3.1MN AFTERSHOCK [Details] 1987/07/13 23:49:18 41.93 -80.71 5.0g 2.7MN AFTERSHOCK Details] 1987/07/16 04:49:40 41.93 -80.71 5.0g 3.1MN AFTERSHOCK

http://earthquakescanada.nrcan.gc.ca/stnsdata/nedb/bull_e.php?solid=19870713.0549001

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1986/01/31 16:46:43 41.70 -81.18 5.0g MAG 5.0(EPB) 5.3 MN(24 OBS) PAINESVILLE, OHIO, NEAR CLEVELAND 130 KM S FROM DELAWARE, ONT. FIFTEEN PEOPLE TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES. SOME DAMAGE IN EPICENTRAL AREA. FELT FROM WISCONSIN TO MARYLAND. IN CANADA PERCEPTIBLE TO ABOUT 420 KM, FELT WIDELY THROUGHOUT SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO AND NORTH TO MUSKOKA, EAST TO BELLEVILLE. INTENSITY INFORMATION IN CANADA MAINLY FROM LETTERS RECEIVED THROUGH MEDIA APPEAL.

http://earthquakescanada.nrcan.gc.ca/stnsdata/nedb/bull_e.php?solid=19860131.1646001

To find a seismic map with a radius of 1000kms of Hamilton, ON from 1985 on, go to...

http://earthquakescanada.nrcan.gc.ca/stnsdata/nedb/bull_e.php

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The New Madrid Seismic Zone:

A deep-diving West Coast Plate may have triggered the massive Central U.S. quake - Scientists studying extraordinary earthquakes in the central U.S. in 1811-12 along the New Madrid seismic zone have revealed a possible new driving mechanism. Remnants of the ancient Farallon plate, a slab of crust swallowed beneath the western North American continental margin nearly 70 million years ago, continue to descend into the deep mantle under central North America. The descent induces mantle flow towards the Earth''s deep interior directly below the New Madrid seismic zone. That flow, in turn, may strain the overlying crust, causing seismic ruptures.

http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&q=New+Madrid+Seismic+Zone&btnG=Search&meta=

For some recent print information on the New Madrid seismic zone, check out page 20 of the April 2007 National Geographic.

If we have another large earthquake in the Madrid within the next 150 years, it makes one wonder how the nuclear waste stored at Nanticoke would fare?

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This info can be utilized to garner farsightedness. To rubber-stamp a nuclear facility here is not only nearsighted, but an immoral act of stewardship toward the planet.

If Stelco, OPG Nanticoke and Esso were all destroyed today, mother earth would heal. If a nuclear plant has a catastrophe, mother earth will not heal. Look a Chernobyl.

Today, Norfolk is basking in the growth of housing and tourism. A minor nuclear incident would ruin tourism, housing, and commercial & sport fishing for Norfolk. Even the INNUENDO of radio active poisoning alone whether it was true or not would destroy what Haldimand/Norfolk stands for today.

So yes, instead of complaining... What is an alternative that can readily compete with nuclear power? Coal gasification... "Google it!"

Here are links to 2 - 1200MW coal gasification projects on the go...

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070419.wr_enmax0420/
BNStory/Business/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20070419.wr_enmax0420

http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&q=Nuon+Magnum+Project+1200+MW+IGCC&btnG=Search&meta=

Coal gasification is a viable alternative, with near zero emissions with no carbon released into the atmosphere. The carbon is sequestered into the earth. Please checkout the link of a Federal & University of Waterloo report on carbon sequestration in our region.

http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/es/etb/cetc/combustion/co2network/pdfs/sequest_ontario_feb2006.pdf

The federal government has a 2004 energy road map report for Canada (Ontario page 18) where it looks at coal gasification by year 2020.

http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/es/etb/cetc/combustion/cctrm/pdfs/cctrm3_section5_brichards.pdf

We have the technology to develop coal gasification facilities to replace our coal-fired generators today. To build 10 such facilities while coal-fired generation is phased out would cost approx. 1 billion dollars each unit to create the power and flex needed in Ontatio's power grid, creating many more jobs than nuclear, without the risks that come with nuclear power. Remember, Darlington was proposed at 7 billion and came in at 14 billion dollars.

Write, talk, or phone your leaders, let your voice be heard. Tell them we need a well rounded public information meeting soon. It is time to get off the fence! We must ask ourselves, is nuclear power worth the risk!

Richard Goodlet, Port Ryerse, ON

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