Opponents on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border are continuing efforts to stop the shipment by Bruce Power of 16 decommissioned radioactive steam generators through the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.
Sierra Club Canada was to hold a conference call today to discuss a possible court appeal of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission's Feb. 4 decision to grant Bruce Power a licence to transport the generators, which the company and CNSC consider low-level nuclear waste, to Sweden, John Bennett, the club's executive director, said Thursday.
The CNSC decision can be appealed to the Federal Court of Canada within 30 days of being handed down, according to Aurele Gervais, the spokesman for the commission.
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A public hearing has been announced for March 2011 on a proposal to build up to four new nuclear reactors at Darlington Nuclear Generating Station. The scheme is part of a plan to replace the ageing reactors at the Pickering station, which are scheduled to close by 2020.
Too often local governments and community members are fed false promises about nuclear energy by people who stand to gain from perpetuating a nuclear power industry in Ontario. For these reasons and more, Sierra Club Canada (SCC) is committed to ensuring that Ontarians get to hear both sides of the nuclear energy debate.
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Federal regulators decided Feb. 11 to permit the shipment of 16 radioactive generators across the Great Lakes.
Reaction to the decision was swift. A number of opposition groups immediately condemned the move by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to license the shipment, which exceeds the federally regulated limit of radioactive material allowed onboard a single vessel.
“This shipment is the first of many to come,” said Gordan Edwards, president of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, a critic of the radioactive shipment.
“There are hundreds of nuclear reactors in North America, all of which are getting old and decrepit, and they’re going to have to deal with storing radioactively contaminated equipment somehow, so this could be the beginning of a large amount of traffic on the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.”... Read more »
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A controversial decision to allow Bruce Power to ship 16 radioactive, school-bus sized generators through the Great Lakes will be met with protests and appeals to the Harper government, critics say.
“This is not over,” said Mike Bradley, mayor of Sarnia. “There are a couple more chapters to go in this play.”
On Friday, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission announced its decision to grant a licence to Bruce Power to move the decommissioned steam generators to Sweden, where they will be recycled.
A timeline for the move is yet to be set. A licence still has to be granted by Transport Canada and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Bruce Power must also receive permission from the United Kingdom, Norway and Demark to move the generators through their waters.... Read more »