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Nukes – a spending scandal in the making?

Ontario Clean Air Alliance: Angela Bischoff - November 18, 2009

In June 2009 former Energy Minister George Smitherman suspended the procurement process for two new nuclear reactors when Atomic Energy of Canada’s bid came in at $26 billion – 3.7 times the Ontario Power Authority’s (OPA’s) forecast.

Nevertheless, according to the OPA’s recently released 2010-2012 Business Plan, the McGuinty Government is still committed to contracting for two new nuclear reactors at the Darlington Nuclear Station (2,400 MW) and the refurbishment of the Bruce B Nuclear Generating Station (3,300 MW)

According to the OPA’s Business Plan, 50% of the new supply that it will contract for between 2010 and 2012 will be nuclear.

1-Minute Action: Please email Premier McGuinty and tell him that Ontario’s taxpayers cannot afford another government boondoggle. Tell him that there is no need for the OPA to contract for new nuclear projects. Ontario can meet its electricity needs at a much lower cost by a combination of energy conservation and efficiency, wind power, water power imports from Quebec, and by converting our apartment buildings, shopping centres, hospitals and factories into small scale but highly efficient combined heat and power plants.

Protect Ontario’s electricity consumers and taxpayers from high-cost and unreliable new nuclear power projects!