Homeowners Of Vaughan Survey


Caroline Ducros 

Environmental Assessment Specialist  

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

P. O. Box 1046, StationB

Ottawa, ON K1P 5S9

Dear Ms Ducros:

There are those that don’t believe we soon will have the capability to cleanly produce electricity from coal. The OPG web site states: Today, our fossil plants produce about 65 per cent fewer acid gas emissions than they did in the early 1980s while still producing the same amount of electricity.  

So we’ve already made great strides, and it is our belief that this is where we should continue to focus our attention. In America, President Obama likened producing clean energy from coal to the challenge of putting a man on the moon saying quote, “We figured out how to put a man on the moon, you can’t tell me we can’t figure out how to burn coal”.

Everyone is in agreement that further improvement is necessary and, with both the U.S. and Canada working towards upgrades and enhancements, coal produced energy will become environmentally friendly and no longer be the bane it is presently thought to be.

So the question then becomes, “Why?”. Why not just go to nuclear energy, as being proposed in Port Dover, to meet our energy needs? 

The following needs to be considered:


It is thought we will have mastered the technology to produce clean energy from coal within 10 years. At that point, there will still be 2-5 years minimum required to complete construction of the nuclear plant being proposed.


The cost to upgrade and enhance fossil fuel plants so that they produce a cleaner energy is slated to be approx. 20 million.  The alternative being considered, construction of a nuclear power plant, will cost over 26 BILLION. 

And these figures do not take into account the cost for mining and transportation of the two resources – coal vs uranium. Plus, as everyone knows, there has yet to be developed a method for safe storage/disposal of the radioactive waste resulting from nuclear energy production, so there will also be that cost, along with the cost of storage until such technology is found.


By focusing on our commitment to producing clean energy from coal, OPG could continue producing electricity at Nanticoke at a rate of 49,000 megawatts. 

Once the Bruce Nuclear Power Plant is completed and both reactors activated, they will be producing 23,000 megawatts of energy - less than half. Where is the balance to come from? 

And completion of the plant is anticipated to be some 12-15 years from now. The Nanticoke plant is slated for closure in 2011.  What energy source is being proposed in the meantime?  And, if the Nanticoke closure were extended until such time as Bruce Power is operational, there is still the energy shortfall to be dealt with – 26,000 megawatts.


The perception of nuclear being “clean” energy does not take into account what will be done with the spent rods, which are far more harmful, have no known method of disposal and will cost huge sums to store until some method is found, funds that will become the burden of the Ontario Taxpayer.


Coal Energy

Nuclear Energy


$20,000,000 to upgrade

$26,000,000,000 (+++) to construct


Under 10 years

12-15 years (+)

Energy produced

49,000 MW

23,000 MW

Environmental Impact

Reduced to our maximum capability

  • Spent Radioactive Rods (??????)
  • One less green space as the land is presently used for farming and forests that provide habitat for deer and other wildlife

Costs not taken into account:

Mining and transportation of coal

Mining and transportation of uranium

Safe storage of radioactive waste

Disposal of radioactive waste

So clearly, when doing a cost-benefit analysis of the two energy sources, cleaning up coal far outstretches construction of a nuclear plant for energy production and environmental disruption.  And this does not take into account the potential health risks of a nuclear plant. 

We ask that you please consider all the above when you are debating whether or not to encourage/allow Bruce Power to proceed with its’ plan to build in Port Dover (even though all documentation says Nanticoke).



John Morey,

Chairman, HOVS Association 

c.c. MP Diane Finley 

MPP Toby Barrett

Norfolk County Mayor and Council

Haldimand County Mayor and Council

Andrew McAllister

Bob Speller

Michael Ignatieff

Simcoe Reformer

Port Dover Maple Leaf