Sierra Club Canada and the Ontario Chapter submitted a detailed report on the Pickering Nuclear Station request for permit extension. Our research has turned up a good argument for immediate closure of the plant - certainly not operating it beyond its own planned obsolescence.
Quebec, July 11, 2012 - Two voluminous reports from Japan and France draw important lessons from the Fukushima nuclear disaster that go against the proposed extended operation of nuclear power plants at Gentilly-2 in Quebec, and at Point Lepreau in New Brunswick.
In Japan, an independent special commission on Fukushima, established by the Japanese parliament, issued a condensed 88-page report on 5 July 2012 (the complete report in Japanese has 630 pages). It is a thorough analysis of the context in which a series of nuclear accidents began in Japan on 11 March 2011.
Unlike the nuclear industry which attributed the cause of the Fukushima nuclear disaster to the devastating tsunami triggered by an earthquake of magnitude 9, the commission sees the root cause of the catastrophe in the poor organization of the nuclear establishment where "collusion" between the industry, the regulator and the government, is dominant.
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
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.
Re: Safety and security measures to be imposed on nuclear companies and operators in light of 2011 events at Fukushima Daiichi
Based on the geologic/historic record, and on what is known about faults in the area around Pt. Lepreau, earthquakes on the Richter scale of 7.0 or greater are certainly possible here (that is within 50-100 km.of Point Lepreau). Also, the fact that the 2011 Fukushima quake at 9.0 was unprecedented has made seismic experts understand that quakes much stronger than those anticipated in nuclear plant design standards can be expected to occur more frequently than was previously thought, and in areas where previous historically measured or described quakes were thought to have been rare and minimally destructive.
The International Year of Water Cooperation: Restore Our Water International aims to make a global issue local
World Water Day is held annually on March 22rd as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. 2013 has been declared as the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation.
Restore Our Water International (ROWI) is a non-profit organization concerned with the unfolding crisis of rapidly declining water levels in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence basin. Mary Muter, Sierra Club’s Great Lakes Section Chair and ROWI Spokesperson, is extremely knowledgeable about Great Lakes issues and has worked proactively with a broad coalition of organizations and individuals to address environmental impacts.
OTTAWA - The government of Canada continued its assault on environmental protection today with omnibus Bill C-45.
“Today’s killing of the Navigable Waters Act, along with further gutting of what’s left of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and Fisheries Act, will inhibit the ability of Canadians to protect their natural environment for their children, grandchildren and future generations,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.
"Canadians want to protect the environment and have a strong economy. We don’t need to sacrifice the planet to achieve the latter - the two aren’t mutually exclusive,” said Mr. Bennett.
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 #BlackOutSpeakOutcampaign), 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.