Water Quality

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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Report warns of oilsands impacts on groundwater

EDMONTON - Thousands of people depend on the water below Alberta’s oilsands region, but the effects of industrial development on those water tables is not yet fully understood, a new report says.

The Cumulative Environmental Management Association released a 37-page report Tuesday that explains groundwater in the region, and warns that lower water levels and poor quality could have “far-reaching consequences.”

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Sierra Club Ontario's letter to the International Joint Commission

August 27, 2012

International Joint Commission, Canadian Section
234 Laurier Avenue West, 22nd Floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 6K6  Canada

The Hon. John Baird
House of Commons
Ottawa,  Canada

International Joint Commission United States Section,
2000 L Street, NW
Suite #615
Washington, DC 20036  USA

 

Dear IJC Canadian and United States Commissioners;

Thank you for providing the opportunity to comment during your recent public hearings and in writing on the International Upper Great Lakes Study Board’s (IUGLSB) Reports.... Read more »

Fracking, Shale Gas and Children's Health: Toxins and Vulnerable Populations

When it comes to exposure to hazardous chemicals, children are not just little adults. “Children are more vulnerable to environmental hazards,” states the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, a subcommittee of the American Pediatric Society. “They eat, drink and breathe more than adults on a pound for pound basis.”(1) This means children are proportionally more exposed to toxins in air, water and food.

In areas of unconventional gas development, children are exposed to multiple industrial toxins, through air, and potentially through water and soil. Yet children’s health remains one of the many unexamined issues of this contentious industry.
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