Nuclear-Free Canada

Keep river free of planned nuclear waste transports: Akwesasne

First-Nations communities along the St. Lawrence River are warning the federal government to get tough with firms that wish to transport nuclear waste via the waterway, despite new challenges created by the Tory government’s massive omnibus budget bill.

Bruce Power, Canada’s first privately-owned nuclear power generator located on Lake Huron, had applied to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) in 2010 to transport nuclear waste to a Swedish treatment facility. The waste would be shipped to Sweden via the St. Lawrence Seaway.
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Bill C-38 inflicts first significant blow to environmental justice in Canada

Dear Friend,

I am writing to let you know that, as a result of the new anti-environment Bill C-38 (the Bill we recently opposed and protested with our #BlackOutSpeakOut campaign), Sierra Club Canada has been forced to withdraw our application for a judicial review of the decision to allow 1600 tonnes of nuclear waste from Bruce Power Inc. to be shipped through the Great Lakes and on to Sweden without conducting an environmental assessment.... Read more »

Application for review of nuclear shipments permits withdrawn

SARNIA, ON - Two environmental groups have withdrawn their application for a Federal Court review of permits allowing Bruce Power to ship radioactive waste on the Great Lakes.

The Sierra Club Canada and the Canadian Environmental Law Association pulled the application due to federal changes to the environmental approvals process in the budget and because the permits issued by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission had expired, said the Sierra Club's executive director John Bennett.

"There would be no proper remedy," said Bennett.

"So the courts wouldn't look positive on us pursuing this any further."

Bruce Power wanted to ship the first 16 of 32 old massive generators removed during refurbishing of the nuclear power plant near Kincardine to a recycling company in Sweden via the Great Lakes. The generators contain only "low level" radiation, Bruce Power said.
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Bill C-38's first victim: Groups forced to drop court action against radioactive waste export

MEDIA RELEASE, August 16, 2012

OTTAWA – As a direct result of Bill C-38, Sierra Club Canada and the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) are withdrawing their applications for judicial review of permits issued by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to allow Bruce Power to export 1,600 tonnes of radioactive waste (containing plutonium and other radionuclides) through the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway to Sweden.

“Our court case is the first victim of Bill C-38,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada. “Our quest for environmental justice and democracy, however, is far from over.”... Read more »

Severe abnormalities' found in Fukushima butterflies

Exposure to radioactive material released into the environment has caused mutations in butterflies found in Japan, a study suggests.

Scientists found an increase in leg, antennae and wing shape mutations among butterflies collected following the 2011 Fukushima accident.

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