Nuclear emissions report causes concern for Peace River residents

Edmonton Journal: Pat McNamara, Peace River - October 19, 2009

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) released a report in September 2009 on radioactive emissions from Canada's nuclear reactors that suggests Bruce Power has been misleading Peace River residents since their first public meeting in early 2008.

The report states that tritium, iodine-131, noble gases, radioactive particulate and carbon-14 are released to the air by every nuclear reactor in Canada. Further, all nuclear reactors release tritium, gross beta-gamma activity and carbon-14 in their liquid waste. The CNSC refers to this group as the "pertinent" releases, but they are not the only radioactive emissions.

Hydro-Quebec documents show that 49 varieties of radioactive material are released to the air by their nuclear reactor. There are 42 radioactive substances released to the water and eight more released to air from the waste storage site.

The CNSC report is titled: "Radioactive Release Data from Canadian Nuclear Power Plants."

The Hydro Quebec report is available at: gentilly-2/pdf/ev_risques/2b.pdf.

Bruce Power was adamant in all its presentations and the printed information it handed out that there were no emissions from the reactors.

We informed our elected officials in all three levels of government that Bruce Power was providing inaccurate information and not one of them did a thing about it.

As such, they are just as guilty as Bruce Power in deceiving local residents.

Sadly, our national, provincial and local media have done nothing to expose the false information Bruce Power is putting out. Maybe now that the CNSC (nuclear regulator) report contradicts Bruce Power's claims, the media may take our concerns seriously.

How can we trust Bruce Power to operate the reactors safely after not telling about the emissions from the reactors and other issues? We can't.

Join us for a rally at the legislature on Oct. 27 to send the Stelmach government a message that we don't want nuclear reactors here or anywhere else in Alberta.

This may be the last chance to make our voices heard before the province makes its decision on nuclear reactors.

It's time to "Cowboy Up" and stand up for what you believe in.