No Nuke News: June 09

Ontario Clean Air Alliance: Angela Bischoff - June 23, 2009

Savour the victory!

The Government of Ontario missed its “spring” deadline for signing a contract for two new nuclear reactors to be built at Darlington. And it no longer has an official contract signing date. Let’s keep it that way!

We’d like to take some credit for this delay. We’ve now distributed more than 100,000 leaflets, more than half in Energy Minister Smitherman’s riding. We expect he’s seen thousands of our postcards. Surely that would make any politician think twice about making a decision that his constituents have explicitly stated they’re against.

Nuclear-plant workers face elevated cancer risk

A 15-country, 12-year, 407,391-person study of nuclear-power workers found the employees are twice as likely to die from all causes of cancer than the general public because of the extra radiation exposure, said the report written by Saskatchewan-based health researcher, Mark Lemstra.

But in Canada, one of the 15 countries studied, reactor workers are 7.65 times more likely to die from all causes of cancer compared to non-employees, said the report.

Ride for Renewables!

No more nuclear bailouts!

On Sunday June 28th, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., hundreds of cyclists will ride with a message – we want a 100% renewable energy grid.

Starting at the wind turbine at the Exhibition Grounds in Toronto, and ending at the wind turbine at the Pickering Nuclear Power Station, cyclists will bring their message to the public, the media and politicians.

Join us for all or part of this 50 km journey along the shores of Lake ON.

There will also be an eastern leg of the journey starting at 2 p.m. at Paradise Park in Ajax – 16 km round trip – meeting the Toronto cyclists at the Pickering turbine for a rally at 3:30 p.m. The Toronto cyclists will then take the GO Train back, while the eastern leg will cycle back to Ajax.

For more info and to register, go to:

Nuclear bailouts toxic to taxpayers

By Jack Gibbons, Calgary Herald

Should Alberta taxpayers shell out to help cover the costs of building new nuclear power plants in Ontario? Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty thinks so. He has asked Prime Minister Stephen Harper for federal government money to subsidize the costs, including the inevitable cost overruns, of building two new Candu nuclear reactors. It's certainly understandable why Premier McGuinty would ask. Every nuclear construction project in Ontario's history has gone massively over budget. But what's in it for the prime minister?

A Good Year for Solar Power

In 2008, global solar photovoltaic (PV) power installations jumped 66 percent and global PV cell production nearly doubled. Feed-in-tariff policies, which require utilities to buy electricity generated from solar power at a regulated price, have been pivotal in the development of the solar market.

The Catastrophic Economics of Nuclear Power

In a devastating pair of financial reports that might be called "The Emperor Has No Pressure Vessel," the New York Times has blazed new light on the catastrophic economics of atomic power.

The two Business Section specials cover the fiasco of new French construction at Okiluoto, Finland, and the virtual collapse of Atomic Energy of Canada. In a sane world they could comprise an epitaph for the "Peaceful Atom". <snip>

The fiascos in Finland and Flamanville have thrown Areva into economic chaos now being mirrored at the Atomic Energy of Canada, Limited. Once touted as a global flagship, AECL sucked up 1.74 billion Canadian dollars in subsidies last year and has been a long-term money loser which the government has now announced it wants to sell.

AECL's natural uranium/heavy water design has flopped in the world market. "Design issues" with its installed plants require heavy maintenance. AECL's Chalk River research facility, which suffered a major accident in 1952 needs 7 billion Canadian dollars for clean-up work. Its 51-year-old medical isotope facility recently popped a major leak that may close it forever.

The Paris-based energy expert Mycle Schneider reports that of 45 reactors being built worldwide, 22 are behind schedule and nine have no official ignition schedules.

Public Info Sessions for renewable energy projects

The Ministries of the Environment and Natural Resources are holding six public information sessions around the province to discuss the new environmental approvals process for renewable energy projects they have proposed. The Toronto meeting is on:

Thursday, June 25, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Management, Rm. TRS1-067
575 Bay St.

In addition to attending a MOE consultation meetings, please do participate in the consultation process via email. Tell the MOE that your voice is from the silent majority and that you support wind energy in the Province of Ontario. Tell them that setbacks should be based on proven science as they have been to-date.¬iceId=MTA2NDQ5&statusId=MTU5NjQ1¬iceHeaderIdString=MTA2NDQ5

Wind could power the entire world

Researchers found that wind energy could not only supply all of the world’s energy requirements, but it could provide over forty times the world’s current electrical consumption and over five times the global use of total energy needs.

Amory Lovins on Green Technology

Tackling climate change for profit and jobs through green energy and efficiency

Catch this incredible 52 minute video presentation by global energy guru Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Bishops question nuclear ethics

Alberta's six Catholic bishops say serious ethical questions must be answered before any decision can be made about whether or not to build nuclear reactors in the province.

In a pastoral letter issued Wednesday, the Alberta Conference of Catholic Bishops called for more public input into the nuclear power question, citing concerns about stewardship of the environment, effects on water supplies, protection of human life, security threats and adequate consultation.

Down the Yellowcake Road

From Exploration to fuel production, this video documentary relates the contamination, water consumption, waste generation, costs to the American taxpayer through government subsidies, health impacts, and the CO2 emissions that are caused by the front end of the nuclear fuel cycle.

Produced by: CCAT (Colorado Citizens Against Toxic Waste)

Watch the 10 minute video here:

Check out this radio program on current nuke stories in Canada:

Nuclear Stories :

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, Living at the Barricades

From secret documents to the selling of AECL to private companies, Greenpeace's Shawn-Patrick Stensil joins Mark and Krysten to try to sort it all out.

Nuclear Technology ~ A Primer ~

A very useful and concise primer of Canadian nuclear technology including:

- Uranium

- Plutonium – the bomb

- Radioactive Waste

- Nuclear Research

- Radioactive Decay Heat

Written by Dr. Gordon Edwards of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility.

Read it here:

Revealed: catalogue of atomic leaks

The scale of safety problems inside Britain's nuclear power stations has been revealed for the first time in a secret report obtained by the Observer that shows more than 1,750 leaks, breakdowns or other "events" over the past seven years.

The damning document, written by the government's chief nuclear inspector, Mike Weightman, and released under the Freedom of Information Act, raises serious questions about the dangers of expanding the industry with a new generation of atomic plants. And it came as the managers of the UK's biggest plant, Sellafield, admitted they had finally halted a radioactive leak many believe has been going on for 50 years.

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