Nuclear Phaseout

The Hazards of the Darlington Nuclear Station post Fukushima: A Panel Discussion (Oct10)

While other countries are abandoning nuclear power post Fukushima and investing heavily in renewable energy, the Ontario government is spending billions to keep nuclear on life support.

This November the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will hold public hearings to consider Ontario Power Generation (OPG)’s request to spend $8 – 14 billion to rebuild the Darlington nuclear station in order to stretch out its operational life to 2055.  

Where: Metro Hall, King and John St., Room #303, Toronto

When: Wednesday, October 10th, 7 – 9 pm

Cost:      Free

Who:    The Panel will include

Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director with the Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA), will moderate and share OCAA’s work to promote alternatives to the Darlington nuclear station. ... Read more »

How many dead fish would be “significant”?

From our friends at Lake Ontario Waterkeeper -- a persuasive argument against the Darlington nuclear power plant's use/abuse of the fisheries and water resources of Lake Ontario. 

By Krystyn Tully, Waterkeeper.ca Weekly

A nuclear power plant in Ontario should be allowed to kill millions of fish each year, say staff of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). Their surprising recommendation is part of the final environmental assessment report for Ontario Power Generation’s plan to refurbish four nuclear reactors at its Darlington Nuclear Generating Station on the north shore of Lake Ontario.... Read more »

Japan unveils plan to phase out nuclear power

The Japanese government has unveiled a plan to phase out nuclear power by 2030, in a major policy shift after last year's Fukushima disaster.

Under proposals put forward by a government panel, the reactors would be shut down completely by the year 2040.

Before the Fukushima disaster, nuclear power supplied about a third of Japan's energy needs.

Japan aims to increase the use of renewable energy and import more oil, coal and gas for its power needs.

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PQ confirms it’ll close Gentilly

Nearly 30 years after it went into operation, it appears the days are numbered for Quebec’s only operating nuclear power plant.

A spokesman for the Parti Québécois said the newly elected government will go ahead with a plan to close Gentilly-2 in Bécancour. The party has wanted to do it since December 2009, Éric Gamache said.

“There is no indication that we will not respect that position,” Gamache told The Gazette Tuesday.

He did not say how the PQ would do it, but noted it does not require a vote in the National Assembly, where the PQ is in a minority position.

Gamache made the statement just hours before the Montreal première of a new documentary about Gentilly-2, which raises questions about the safety of people living near the nuclear power plant.... Read more »

Parti Québécois to shut Gentilly 2 nuclear power plant: spokesperson

The Parti Québécois will go ahead with its plan to shut the Gentilly 2 nuclear power plant in Bécancour, a party spokesperson said Tuesday.
It is something the party has wanted since December 2009, Éric Gamache said Tuesday.

“There is no indication that we will not respect that position,” Gamache told The Gazette.

He did not say how the party would do it, but noted that it does not require a vote in the National Assembly, where the PQ is in a minority position.

Gamache made the comments ahead of the premiere Tuesday night of a new documentary about the nuclear power plant called Gentilly or Not To Be. The film, by Montreal filmmakers Guylaine Maroist and Éric Ruel, cites a German studying showing there are higher-than-normal cancer rates among children living in proximity to nuclear power plants.... Read more »

            

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