Sierra Club Canada's Ontario Chapter was instrumental in the decision by our provincial government to shut down all coal plants. The day has come! Toronto environmental lawyer Dianne Saxe has a nice piece on her website about it:
Goodbye to Nanticoke, and all that coal
by DIANNE SAXE on JANUARY 15, 2014
January 8 marked the last day of operation of the Nanticoke Generating Station, the last operating coal-fired electrical generating facility in southern Ontario. This latest shut down will help mark 2014 as the year Ontario will become a coal-free jurisdiction.
Research is questioning the logic behind the federal government's move to streamline environmental assessments.
After tracking thousands of assessments over a decade, the peer-reviewed findings of Derrick de Kerckhove suggest a great majority of Fisheries Act environmental reviews over the last decade were completed well within recommended timelines.
Nor was there a bottleneck of projects being held up by a clogged review process, he said.
"We didn't find any. Even when the input was high, it seemed to be handled very well."
De Kerckhove, a University of Toronto PhD candidate, analyzed 10 years worth of data from Department of Fisheries and Oceans annual reports on the progress of environmental assessments triggered under the Fisheries Act. That legislation generates more such reviews than almost any other — anywhere from 7,700 to more than 12,000 in a single year.
In over a decade of work with businesses and grassroots environmental organizations like Sierra Club Ontario, I cannot recall such an obvious and non- contentious call to action as the one put forth by organizers of the MAYDAY Rally.
Let me clarify. Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP), the second largest sewage plant in Ontario, is already a nuisance to the nearby shorelines of Ajax and Pickering. The proposed expansion of the plant to accommodate new residents in York Region should have a commitment to invest in better technology. If the current deterioration of shorelines due to the 340,000,000 litre-per-day discharge is not enough of an alarm bell, surely an expansion of operations is a timely opportunity to invest in a more sustainable solution.
Ontario’s oldest nuclear plant pleads its case this week for a few more years of active life.
But nuclear skeptics say it’s time to bring down the axe on the Pickering nuclear station.
It’s an old debate that pits hardened nuclear campaigners such as Greenpeace against low-profile supporters such as the Pickering Soccer Club.
It comes to a head because the Pickering station’s operating license runs out this year. But Ontario Power Generation, which owns and operates the plant, wants to keep the station running until about 2020.
The company wants to continue the operation without doing an environmental impact assessment, and without performing a major overhaul of the aging station.
Thanks to community pressure, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will be holding a public meeting December 10-11 in Toronto to specially review the operation of GE-Hitachi’s 1025 Lansdowne Ave nuclear fuel processing plant. The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Yorkdale, at 3450 Dufferin Street. The plant processes yellowcake uranium powder from Saskatchewan into nuclear fuel pellets used in CANDU reactors.