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2012-12-04 22:51   |   Nuclear Phaseout, Nuclear Subsidies, Government, Radioactive Waste, Nuclear-Free Canada, Atmosphere & Energy
Nuclear planners are not considering the possibility of a Fukushima-scale accident at Ontario’s Darlington nuclear station, critics told a regulatory hearing Monday. The comments came as the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission opened hearings about the mid-life overhaul of the Darlington station, which provides 20 per cent of the province’s power. “We would like to see them plan for an accident as severe as happened at Fukushima or Chernobyl,” said Theresa...
2012-12-04 22:51   |   Nuclear Phaseout, Nuclear Subsidies, Government, Radioactive Waste, Nuclear-Free Canada, Atmosphere & Energy
Nuclear planners are not considering the possibility of a Fukushima-scale accident at Ontario’s Darlington nuclear station, critics told a regulatory hearing Monday. The comments came as the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission opened hearings about the mid-life overhaul of the Darlington station, which provides 20 per cent of the province’s power. “We would like to see them plan for an accident as severe as happened at Fukushima or Chernobyl,” said Theresa...
2012-11-29 01:09   |   Climate Change, Climate Summits, CAFE Canada, Government, Atmosphere & Energy
OTTAWA - Canada announced on Tuesday its latest set of regulations on cars and light trucks to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as the UN climate talks entered its second day in Doha, Qatar. The proposed regulations - expected to be finalized in 2013 - would require cars with model years 2017 to 2025 to cut on-road emissions by an average of 5 percent every year. Light trucks, with model years 2017 to 2021, will be required to achieve an average of 3.5 percent reduction in annual GHG...
2012-11-28 20:09   |   Climate Change, Climate Summits, CAFE Canada, Government, Atmosphere & Energy
New rules aimed at protecting the environment will drive up the price of new cars and trucks by thousands of dollars but save motorists money at the pump. The federal government has hitched its wagon to U.S. President Barack Obama’s aggressive new vehicle fuel standards, which would slash greenhouse gas emissions from tailpipes after 2020 but elevate the cost of vehicles. Environment Minister Peter Kent said Tuesday that Ottawa will match a proposal from the U.S. Environmental...
2012-11-20 16:33   |   Challenging Unsustainable Aquaculture, Ecosystems, Sustainable Fisheries, Oceans, Government, Protecting Biodiversity
Canada's multimillion dollar proposal to cull grey seals will not bring back the ravaged stocks of Atlantic cod it is intended to help, scientists have said. In October, the Canadian Senate approved a controversial plan to kill 70,000 grey seals in the Gulf of St Lawrence under a bounty system next year, ostensibly to revive the cod stocks that the seals were eating. But a group of marine scientists at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, have said in a recent open letter:...
2012-09-27 00:42   |   Climate Change, Ecosystems, Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Wilderness and Species Conservation, Government, Atmosphere & Energy
The Globe and Mail (September 27, 2012) Environmentalists sue to force Ottawa to protect species along Northern Gateway route Add to ... By Dene Moore One of the most powerful foes of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline through northern British Columbia is not a lawyer or a conservation group or any of the many First Nations who have lined up against the project. It’s a very large, very, very old fish. The Nechako white sturgeon is listed as an endangered species under the...
2012-09-14 20:42   |   Nuclear Phaseout, Radioactive Waste, Nuclear-Free Canada
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. more  
2012-09-12 20:39   |   Nuclear Phaseout, Radioactive Waste, Nuclear-Free Canada
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...
2012-09-11 20:33   |   Nuclear Phaseout, Radioactive Waste, Nuclear-Free Canada
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...
2012-09-09 01:51   |   Climate Change, Energy Onslaught, Government, Atmosphere & Energy
SASKATOON - Coal-fired power plants got more regulatory breathing room than expected to release greenhouse gases Wednesday, something federal Environment Minister Peter Kent says is necessary to protect Canada's power supply.   The final regulations for coal-powered plants, released Wednesday, stipulate they can emit no more than 420 tonnes of greenhouse gases per gigawatt hour of electricity generated.   This number is significantly higher than the 375 tonnes per gigawatt...

            

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