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MPP Barrett reads in Nanticoke nuclear petition to the Ontario Legislature

For immediate release: June 9th, 2009

Queen’s Park – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett stood on behalf of 1,000 area residents to read in petitions regarding the Bruce Nuclear proposal at Nanticoke.

“A petition titled Nuclear Nanticoke: Not So Fast,” Barrett began. “"Without any formal public consultation, county councils in both Haldimand and Norfolk have unanimously endorsed the first step in building two nuclear reactors.”

Barrett went on to report a series of petition clauses citing, “concern over the issues of safety and security”, “Nuclear power is not emissions-free”, and “No nuclear project has ever come in on-budget or on time.”

In reading the final request of the petition - "We, the undersigned citizens, demand a complete moratorium on nuclear development until the issues of contamination, cost, security and public consultation are adequately addressed," MPP Barrett stated in the House. “I affix my signature to this petition, although I don't completely agree with the last point.”

Following the petition reading, Barrett reiterated that while he is making every attempt to ensure local voices are heard on the Nanticoke nuclear proposal, he doesn’t “necessarily back the push for a province-wide moratorium.”

The series of petitions from Grand Erie Energy Quest contained over 1, 000 signatures from an ongoing petition drive.

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For more information, please contact MPP Toby Barrett at: (416) 325-8404, (519) 428-0446 or 1-800-903-8629

NUCLEAR ENERGY

Mr. Toby Barrett: A petition titled Nuclear Nanticoke: Not So Fast, directed to the Legislature of Ontario as well as Norfolk county council, Haldimand county council, the Honourable Diane Finley and the Honourable Toby Barrett.

"Without any formal public consultation, county councils in both Haldimand and Norfolk have unanimously endorsed the first step in building two nuclear reactors.

"The nuclear power industry has failed to address public concern over the issues of safety and security in the storage and handling of hazardous radioactive spent fuel.

"Nuclear power is not emissions-free with its pollution-intensive activities in uranium mining, transportation and refining.

"No nuclear project has ever come in on-budget or on time, with the taxpayer and the utility customer paying for cost overruns that typically range in the billions of dollars.

"We, the undersigned citizens, demand a complete moratorium on nuclear development until the issues of contamination, cost, security and public consultation are adequately addressed."

I affix my signature to this petition, although I don't completely agree with the last point.

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